Wassup Rockers Reviews

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October 17, 2018
So often called exploitative, Clark instinctively avoids exploitation where most filmmakers plunge in, showing both the terrors and joys of the kids' inner city existence without amplifying them into dramatic hooks.
September 12, 2010
Clark's warmest, loosest work yet, but it would have been better if the director had realized he didn't need to make us hate everyone else in order to get us to love these little dudes.
April 23, 2009
Boredom is the loftiest running theme in Larry Clark's films, and "Wassup Rockers" (imagine asking to buy a ticket for that title) takes dullness to a new low.
July 10, 2007
The themes are set up and then completely pushed into the background in exchange for almost endless dribble that feels more like a first time attempt of a film student rather than an actual film...
December 4, 2006
It was hard to keep awake during all the tedium.
August 31, 2006
...a sharply observed look at juvenile rebellion
July 22, 2006
July 22, 2006
July 20, 2006
A documentary about these kids could have been terrific, but Clark involves them in a clunkily scripted melodrama instead.
July 20, 2006
Clark's vision of Los Angeles, where extravagant fantasies and inner-city social issues wildly intersect.
July 18, 2006
July 14, 2006
Even Clark's fans probably won't be surprised to hear the result is a low-key, pervy mess.
July 14, 2006
The initially realistic drama takes a turn into the truly bizarre and surreal. At that point, the film becomes a grotesque, nearly unwatchable cartoon.
July 9, 2006
It may not dig very deep, but it has a certain grubby charm, and it doesn't overplay its hand.
July 8, 2006
July 7, 2006
Tries to say something profound about these kids, while oversimplifying the world around them to the point of ridiculousness.
July 7, 2006
Steeped in urban-youth woes but gets a bounce from Clark's sense of humor and hope.
July 7, 2006
The main characters may be refreshingly cliché-free, but almost everyone they meet in Beverly Hills is a stilted cartoon.
July 7, 2006
This is an improvement in some ways, but losing the edginess also means there's nothing special about this film.
July 6, 2006
What might have been a fascinating, intimate portrait turns into something much less compelling when Clark tries to impose a sex-and-action-packed narrative on the proceedings.
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