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Rize Reviews

August 5, 2005
It's a well-known truth in the dance world that the body doesn't lie. As long as the characters in this film are dancing, we have little reason to doubt their sincerity. But once turned into talking heads, the dancers begin to sound like propagandists.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 5, 2005
A vivid portrait of art rising from deprivation and social hopelessness.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
July 8, 2005
LaChapelle's powerful street-dance documentary Rize never lets us forget that its subjects are dancing in a war zone. But dance they do, in a kind of controlled frenzy, with music throbbing and limbs whirling and swaying and pulsing to the beat.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 1, 2005
[LaChapelle's] not the world's best documentarian, but he saw something that needed chronicling. So he turned his camera on the krumpers and let them do the rest. Smart choice.
Read More | Original Score: B
July 1, 2005
Clowning and krumping are urban art and art therapy in motion.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
July 1, 2005
It's a feel-good film that actually makes you feel good.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 27, 2005
It's an incomplete film. We don't get to know these kids well enough.
June 24, 2005
LaChapelle reveals the captivating qualities of gritty street dancing, and his film is a touching story of hope, vitality and art rising from the bleakest conditions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 24, 2005
While the dance scenes are intoxicating, on-camera interviews with the participants are sobering.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 24, 2005
'Trend' or fad, Rize should endure as a piece of history.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
June 24, 2005
Brisk editing, a poppin' hip-hop soundtrack, and plenty of off-the-hook dancing keep the energy high.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 24, 2005
Rize is actually a film about how art can be subverted and perverted by the same social and internal pressures that spawned it in the first place.
Read More | Original Score: B
June 24, 2005
Rize soars on the wings of breathtaking images.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
June 24, 2005
Rize isn't a revolution. It's a fashion shoot.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
June 24, 2005
Tells this story simply and effectively, with an uncharacteristic restraint that prioritizes genuine sentiment over high-gloss style.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
June 24, 2005
Rize sees LaChapelle turning into a historian-sociologist who feels excitement and wants to share it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 24, 2005
Rize is a compelling, bittersweet hybrid of a movie, one celebrating an enormous and hitherto unsung underground talent, while suggesting that art goes only so far in solving the enormous challenges of the underprivileged life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 24, 2005
David LaChapelle's documentary is, in its happiest moments, a summer party and a hip-hop milestone.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 23, 2005
The stories and personalities that do emerge are touching and intriguing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
June 23, 2005
Enthralling.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 23, 2005
An exhilarating portrait of a groundbreaking, up-from-the-L.A.-streets strain of athleticism as performance art, Rize would make a provocative companion piece to skateboard documentary Dogtown and Z-Boys.
June 23, 2005
Visually stunning.
June 23, 2005
LaChapelle wisely avoids too much MTV-style quick-editing and camera trickery, letting the kids dazzle on the strength of their talent.
June 23, 2005
The most remarkable thing about Rize is that it is real.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 23, 2005
Rize is uplifting without being manipulative, and if -- at 85 minutes -- it is a little longer than it needs to be, LaChapelle is clearly committed to giving these dancers every possible moment of glory.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
June 23, 2005
Captures the spirit and astounding agility of its krump constituents with appreciative zeal.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
June 23, 2005
We're just fly-on-the-wall observers to dancing that's a kind of Holy Roller-palooza.
Read More | Original Score: B
June 23, 2005
Like its subject, Rize is a helter-skelter blast of energy, punching out in so many directions you don't know where to look first.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 21, 2005
Few of the interviews get much further than recording surface boasts and assertive self-definitions; LaChapelle connects all their stories with common threads of resisting gang culture, but at the expense of flattening out each person's character.
June 15, 2005
A vibrant eruption of motion and attitude.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
June 11, 2005
There's no way to take your eyes off it.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
April 30, 2005
Eye-popping lensing and an appreciation of social complexities combine for an entirely satisfying experience.