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Wild Style Reviews

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Nathan Rabin
The Dissolve
October 14, 2013
As a time capsule and a sociological document, it's difficult to overstate its importance, but it's also tremendous fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Glenn Dunks
Glenn Dunks
October 2, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Sara Cardace
New York Magazine/Vulture
November 10, 2008
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.
Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard
August 10, 2007
A poorly-acted shambles.
| Original Score: 2/5
Sukhdev Sandhu
Daily Telegraph (UK)
August 10, 2007
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.
Phelim O'Neill
August 10, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Wendy Ide
Times (UK)
August 10, 2007
This unpolished but authentic film, a drama with the honesty of a documentary, shows hip-hop pure and unvarnished.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Mattin
August 10, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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David Jenkins
Time Out
January 26, 2006
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
Full Review | Original Score: 4/6
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
August 30, 2004
Wild Style lacks a lot of the style of the people in it, but it never neutralizes their vitality.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Sasha Frere-Jones
Village Voice
September 16, 2003
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.
Richard Luck
May 24, 2003
A fascinating study of an era that now feels so remote, it might as well have occurred on another planet.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
March 10, 2003
Shot independently, this film captures a movement in its genesis.
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
May 29, 2001
It's a fascinating time capsule, worth examining for anyone interested in the cultural roots of hip hop.
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Ted Shen
Chicago Reader
May 11, 2001
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.
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Melissa Anderson
Time Out
November 17, 2011
| Original Score: 5/5
Emanuel Levy
August 14, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
James Hill
November 22, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
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