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Roll Bounce Reviews

January 7, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: C+
September 26, 2005
Sometimes a film wins you over with its sheer exuberance and sweetness.
September 23, 2005
It will remind you what it was like to be a teenager during the last few days of summer. And even though the plot is a little thin, you probably won't even notice until long after the music stops.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 23, 2005
The end of the dismal summer movie season couldn't have been blessed with a more satisfying coda than the rollicking, funny, relentlessly cheery and genuinely touching spirit that makes Roll Bounce a captivating delight from start to finish.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 23, 2005
A movie made in the spirit of: what the world needs now is a bit of innocent diversion.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 23, 2005
If it doesn't exactly kick out the jams, it does move them around a little bit.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 23, 2005
The film can't get its rhythms right, fluctuating wildly between comedy and pathos.
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
September 23, 2005
Roll Bounce features taut skate choreography, but its storytelling isn't nearly so coordinated.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 23, 2005
Roll Bounce has plenty of affectionate humor to balance some serious heart-tugging. And as for the roller-skating, it for sure provides a lot of razzle-dazzle action with lots of virtuoso terpsichorean touches.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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
September 23, 2005
Modestly engaging entertainment.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 23, 2005
Roll Bounce drags a little in its second hour, but it is also a rare movie that genuinely likes its characters. You will too.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: C+
September 23, 2005
There's a lot of sweetness to Roll Bounce.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 23, 2005
Malcolm Lee's sweet-natured dramatic comedy Roll Bounce captures the decade's texture with a well-earned nostalgia that never seems cheap.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 23, 2005
For most adults, and kids raised on South Park, the painfully earnest story won't hold much interest.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
September 23, 2005
Definitely see it this weekend if you want 10 percent of your ticket proceeds to go to Operation USA for Hurricane Katrina relief. But please don't see it to relive 1978. Even under a roller disco ball, 1978 was never like this.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 23, 2005
Quite possibly the finest roller disco movie ever made.
September 22, 2005
Sure, it sounds like predictable disco mush, but with Bow Wow in the driver's seat, a hammy cast and a never-ending roster of zingy one-liners, it's harmless fun.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
September 22, 2005
Malcolm D. Lee pays such affectionate homage to skating and '70s B-movies that you almost think they were, well, Peter Frampton or something.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
September 22, 2005
This nostalgic roller skate down memory lane is shored up by a performance by Bow Wow that surprises in its depth and a soundtrack that keeps toes tapping.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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?
September 22, 2005
Has warm starring performances from Bow Wow (formerly Lil Bow Wow) and Chi McBride, who are funny, lovable and sometimes touching.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 22, 2005
The tone, buoyant without being brainless, is such that you wonder if Roll Bounce wasn't in fact filmed in 1978, not just set in it.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
September 22, 2005
Roll Bounce the new roller-skating movie set in the late 1970s can't firmly decide whether it's a knee-slapping spoof or a teary-eyed melodrama.
Read More | Original Score: C
September 21, 2005
When you behold the teen boogie skaters of Roll Bounce, which is set in Chicago in 1978, those funky/silly movements give you a happy jolt of pleasure. It's hard not to notice that the kitschiness of the dancing is what makes it so...optimistic.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
September 20, 2005
Unfortunately, despite the slamming soundtrack, their eventual rollerjam rivalry doesn't really get the blood up.
September 18, 2005
Bounce doesn't depart from the inspirational coming-of-age formula. But it has got enough heart and disco-fever exuberance to connect with audiences open to its feel-good mash-up of spoof and earnest saga.
September 16, 2005
Roll Bounce spins an endearing but wildly uneven coming-of-age drama set against the popular '70s phenomenon of 'jam skating.'