Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap Reviews

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Glenn Dunks
Trespass
September 8, 2013
Despite its relative shortcomings, the film is a must see for anybody like me who worships the golden era of hip-hop where the artists actually had something to say
Brian Costello
Common Sense Media
September 27, 2012
Fantastic hip-hop documentary has profanity, some drug use.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)
July 22, 2012
It's an insider's celebration of the form, studded with straight-to-camera rhymesmithery from its best practitioners.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Philip French
Observer (UK)
July 22, 2012
What they don't talk about, on Ice-T's specific instructions, are the moral, social and psychological aspects of the art, and there's little on how rap relates to other forms of black music such as jazz, gospel or the blues.
Allan Hunter
Daily Express (UK)
July 19, 2012
All fascinating stuff if a little repetitive and rambling but definitely one for fans.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Alex Zane
The Sun (UK)
July 19, 2012
It's hard not to like a film so in love with its subject matter, or boasting such an incredible soundtrack.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
July 19, 2012
The film is educative, entertaining, in almost all senses a blast. Your body is left in your seat while your soul is blown to the back of the auditorium.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Sherwyn Spencer
Little White Lies
July 19, 2012
Preaching to the choir, but that's no bad thing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
July 19, 2012
Watchable documentary that showcases some impressive a cappella rap performances and provides the occasional amusing anecdote...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
July 18, 2012
A very enjoyable and often fascinating movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
July 17, 2012
There's no faulting the lyrical excellence on display. These guys are legends for a reason.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Hughes
Empire Magazine
July 15, 2012
An extremely interesting insight, proving that rap music is an art form in its own right.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Siobhan Synnot
Scotsman
July 15, 2012
It's likely to be fascinating if you are a hip hop fan, but almost wilfully unilluminating if you aren't.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jonathan Crocker
Total Film
July 9, 2012
Freestyle, funny but finally just too repetitive, Ice's affectionate home-movie needed someone to structure it into a deeper documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
June 27, 2012
Hardly definitive (where's Houston and Memphis, and why are MC Lyte and Salt the only females represented?), the movie is nonetheless fascinating for fans, as rappers break down their writing techniques for Ice-T's cameras.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michelle Orange
Village Voice
June 18, 2012
Rap confirms the art of the form from the inside. Only time can sort out the rest.
Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com
June 18, 2012
Rap aficionados will find plenty to appreciate in this tribute, not to mention some powerful on-camera freestyles.
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Kevin C. Johnson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
June 15, 2012
Essential viewing and a nice companion piece to "Wild Style," "Style Wars" and other key hip-hop documentaries.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Sara Stewart
New York Post
June 15, 2012
In his debut as a documentarian, Ice T creates a vibrant portrait of how and why rap came to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Nicolas Rapold
New York Times
June 14, 2012
This is a film that does sweat the technique, with at times illuminating and spirited results.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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