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Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap Reviews

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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
June 12, 2012
There's a discipline to moviemaking, too, alas, and when this effort strays from its (admittedly limited) subject to a surfeit of helicopter city shots and Ice's street prowling, it feels padded.
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.
Jason Bailey
DVDTalk.com
January 25, 2012
The film never accumulates into a cohesive documentary whole--it's like watching 106 minutes of 'Yo! MTV Raps' segments, back to back to back.
Sherwyn Spencer
Little White Lies
July 19, 2012
Preaching to the choir, but that's no bad thing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Brian Costello
Common Sense Media
September 27, 2012
Fantastic hip-hop documentary has profanity, some drug use.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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
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
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
June 14, 2012
The interviews are often revealing and funny. And much of the music is tremendous.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
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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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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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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
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
June 14, 2012
The faces and voices are endlessly compelling as they talk about what inspires them to lay down beats and recall the early days in New York.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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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
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
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
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Justin Lowe
Hollywood Reporter
January 22, 2012
An insightful film about the creative talents that have made hip-hop an original, enduring American musical tradition.
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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.
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
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
Allison Loring
Film School Rejects
January 22, 2013
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