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Wild Style Reviews

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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
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
November 17, 2011
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
August 30, 2004
Wild Style lacks a lot of the style of the people in it, but it never neutralizes their vitality.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
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.
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
March 10, 2003
Shot independently, this film captures a movement in its genesis.
November 22, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
May 29, 2001
It's a fascinating time capsule, worth examining for anyone interested in the cultural roots of hip hop.
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.
August 10, 2007
A poorly-acted shambles.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
August 14, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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