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Roll Bounce Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
September 23, 2005
It's a movie that resists not just the temptations of the day, it resists doing or saying anything even moderately interesting about adolescence, single parenthood or a simpler time.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Scott Weinberg
DVDTalk.com
December 10, 2005
Worthy of a 99-cent rental, if only so you can witness the howlingly awful performance by Wesley Jonathan as a self-appointed roller-disco mega-lord called "Sweetness." Kid had me in tears, I swear.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
September 23, 2005
Not. Much. Happens. What does is predictable and trite. But it's a genial trifle with a booty-shaking vibe.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tim Grierson
L.A. Weekly
September 22, 2005
Roll Bounce is so familiar that you're forced to entertain yourself by trying to guess which funk-disco oldie will appear next on the soundtrack: Le Freak or Kung Fu Fighting?
Todd Gilchrist
IGN Movies
September 23, 2005
A failed nostalgia trip that chronicles the kitschy highlights of 1970s pop culture without actually ever capturing the personal or social atmosphere of the era.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Kam Williams
BlackNews.com
May 7, 2007
For some reason, teasing people about their skin color has become a big theme of brainless black comedies like this. Plus, it unfolds like one long Pepsi ad, with dialogue extolling the cola's virtues in virtually every scene.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
September 22, 2005
Comes to life only when the characters are roller skating, which is not often enough.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
September 22, 2005
A drowsy comedy about a handful of kids grooving and roller-skating, Roll Bounce has heart and good vibes but little else to recommend it.
| Original Score: 2/5
Brian Orndorf
FilmJerk.com
September 22, 2005
Lee frequently blocks the sheer fun of the project, which is the only element he has in his favor.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
September 23, 2005
For most adults, and kids raised on South Park, the painfully earnest story won't hold much interest.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Brian Marder
Hollywood.com
September 24, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Mike Ward
Richmond.com
September 23, 2005
Listen up, Director Malcolm D. Lee. I don't care if you are the cousin of Spike Lee, but because you are, I'm making the Reggie Miller "choke face" at you right now.
Michael Ferraro
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Nothing about this film is as cathartic as it tries to make itself because the characters just aren't that absorbing. Instead of tugging your heart, it just spits in your eye.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Chelsea Bain
Boston Herald
October 21, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Willie Waffle
WaffleMovies.com
September 22, 2005
Roll Bounce wants to be everything, but the mish mash of styles and tones yields a movie that falls short of its potential.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
September 24, 2005
... a shamelessly familiar concoction of dramatic cliches that recalls everything from Saturday Night Fever to Strictly Ballroom to Bring It On.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
September 23, 2005
Roll Bounce glides along easily enough, hitting the occasional bump that stems from a script that can't figure out how to blend comedy and drama.
| Original Score: C+
Bill Harris
Jam! Movies
September 23, 2005
In terms of strict movie-making, Roll Bounce would have been better had it done more rolling along and less bouncing around.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jackie K. Cooper
jackiekcooper.com
September 27, 2005
Bow Wow's movie has no bark and no bite.
Full Review| Original Score: 4/10
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
September 23, 2005
Roll Bounce plays like an overlong After School Special from the late '70s.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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