(2005)

Critic Reviews

74

Metascore

Based on 29 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
90
New York Magazine (Vulture)
Stunning, explosively moving.
83
Entertainment Weekly
As long as it showcases the art of krump, underscoring the dancers with ominous hip-hop beats, Rize is such a vibrant eruption of motion and attitude that you can forgive the film for being disorganized and too skimpy on street-dance history.
80
Film Threat
It's the speed and intensity that makes the dance style remarkable.
80
Variety
Eye-popping lensing and an appreciation of social complexities combine for an entirely satisfying experience.
80
Dallas Observer
Fashion photographer David LaChapelle expands upon his award-winning short film "Krumped," introducing us to the new dance forms popular in South Central Los Angeles via the charismatic "ghetto celebrity" known as Tommy the Clown.
80
L.A. Weekly
The film soars when the camera is trained on its young subjects in action.
75
There's no way to take your eyes off it.
75
The result is an eye-opening social portrait in the tradition of "Paris Is Burning," the landmark 1990 documentary that introduced drag balls and ''vogueing'' to the mainstream, but it lacks the earlier film's structure and focus.
70
The A.V. Club
Rize eventually gets a little preachy and sentimental, but a little sermonizing seems a small price to pay for such an industrial jolt of kinetic electricity.
70
Village Voice
Highly entertaining but underdeveloped documentary.

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