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Wild Style

Wild Style (2013)

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100

Average Rating: 7.8/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 0

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This docudrama celebrates the colorful lives of teens who live in the South Bronx. There they are seen break dancing, creating graffiti art, and listening to raucous rap. The slim story centers on Zoro, who likes to spray-paint subway cars. He gets a break when he is hired to decorate a platform for an upcoming rap concert. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi

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Documentary, Drama, Musical & Performing Arts

Charlie Ahearn

Oct 22, 2002

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All Critics (19) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (17) | Rotten (2) | DVD (2)

Wild Style is just as important a New York City musical as On the Town, so vital and exuberant are its scenes of a burgeoning cultural moment.

November 12, 2008 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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Charlie Ahearn's groundbreaking film about hip-hop, graffiti, break dancing, and rap in eighties New York celebrates its 25th anniversary with a new 35-mm. print.

November 10, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Magazine
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Mixing early-'80s nostalgia with mild social anthropology, the film successfully crystallises the optimism and vivacity of the early New York hip hop scene and suggests that film and TV portrayals of the Bronx as a savage and inhospitable hellhole were pe

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Wild Style lacks a lot of the style of the people in it, but it never neutralizes their vitality.

August 30, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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Hip-hop rolls on tractor treads now, unafraid to colonize those who hesitate, but in 1982 it was small, self-selecting, and as specific to New York as the World Trade Center.

September 16, 2003 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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The pacing is slow -- inexcusable in a film about music -- except when hip-hop takes over, and Ahearn wisely gives plenty of screen time to the likes of Busy Bee, Rock Steady Crew, and Fab Five Freddy.

May 11, 2001 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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As a time capsule and a sociological document, it's difficult to overstate its importance, but it's also tremendous fun.

October 14, 2013 Full Review Source: The Dissolve
The Dissolve

I guess it depends on what you go to the movies for, but for me Wild Style is a classic and a remarkable example of what the medium can do to an audience.

October 2, 2013 Full Review Source: Glenn Dunks
Glenn Dunks

A poorly-acted shambles.

August 10, 2007 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

It's great to see again this bolt of ghetto joy, a kind of updated West Side Story, that shows hip-hop as a living, breathing expression of cultural resistance rather than a crunky, cheerless set of cruddy grunts and boasts from which to make money.

August 10, 2007 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

Nothing else comes close to capturing the atmosphere of the early days of hip-hop and spraycan art, of the burned-out and derelict Bronx.

August 10, 2007 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

This unpolished but authentic film, a drama with the honesty of a documentary, shows hip-hop pure and unvarnished.

August 10, 2007 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

The acting is stilted, and the story almost non-existent. But that isn't the point, Wild Style is a cult classic - indisputably the most important hip hop movie, ever.

August 10, 2007 Full Review Source: BBC

A fascinating study of an era that now feels so remote, it might as well have occurred on another planet.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Shot independently, this film captures a movement in its genesis.

March 10, 2003 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

It's a fascinating time capsule, worth examining for anyone interested in the cultural roots of hip hop.

May 29, 2001 Full Review Source: AV Club
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