Turn It Up Reviews

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June 6, 2008
Turn It Up is a hip-hop downer that makes the high-risk high-life of contempo gangstas seem glumly routine.
March 5, 2007
Surprisingly, for a movie about music, the sound is lousy. Some of the songs sound distorted because they have so much bass. In other moments, the dialogue is so low, it's hard to understand what the characters are saying.
July 24, 2006
In the final analysis it's more exploitative than uplifting.
July 4, 2005
November 4, 2002
October 21, 2002
It lacks characters engaging enough to keep us involved.
March 21, 2001
Never aspires to be more than an excuse for Pras and Ja Rule to flash their ultra-sleek MTV fashions for 90 minutes.
March 21, 2001
It lacks the originality and integrity that might have allowed the movie to breakout from the pack rather than sticking with it.
January 1, 2000
The staging and performances are awkward, the frequent shoot-outs a snore, and there's no reprise of Ghetto Supastar.
January 1, 2000
Eventually Turn It Up deteriorates into a gory shoot-'em-up gangster movie with a quick-fix ending that leaves many threads dangling. It could have been something more.
January 1, 2000
The film is little more than an unambitious, well-packaged passel of urban black clichs.
January 1, 2000
Plays through every cliche imaginable with its clunky dialogue.
January 1, 2000
Even the soundtrack ... sounds like leftovers.
January 1, 2000
As soon as an idea worth pursuing pops up, the plot shoots it down in a literal hail of bullets.
January 1, 2000
Riddled with every clich in the book, Turn It Up is an inert, senselessly violent cinematic non-experience.
January 1, 2000
January 1, 2000
As both writer and director, Adetuyi doesn't bother bringing any emotional or psychological twists or nuances to these familiar character types; he gives them no depth whatsoever.
January 1, 2000
It's hard to say if even devoted Fugees refugees will be able to stomach the mediocrity plaguing this loose autobiography of the Ghetto Superstar himself, ex-Fugee Prakazrel 'Pras' Michel.
January 1, 2000
Highly derivative.
January 1, 2000
There's not a trace of irony as this glib, sense-numbing action fantasy has it both ways: violence without personal consequences and decisions without repercussions.
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