(2005)

Critic Reviews

74

Metascore

Based on 29 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
90
Wall Street Journal
Bursting with joy and throbbing with music, Rize has a tragic dimension too. When you see the clown cry, you'll be with him all the way.
88
There's a delicate balance here between expression and belligerence.
88
New York Post
If the director had more gospel and less blues in him, it might have brought him closer to really understanding these talents. Still, I can't wait for "Rize 2: Electric Boogaloo."
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
José Cancella's original score complement the tremendous wit, vitality and sensuality of the dancers.
80
The Hollywood Reporter
Word-of-mouth should make it one of the best-performing nonfiction films of the year.
75
There's no way to take your eyes off it.
75
Riveting.
75
A touching story of hope, vitality and art rising from the bleakest conditions.
75
Philadelphia Inquirer
Rize shows how clowning led to krumping, and argues that its practitioners' fierce dedication to dance has saved countless kids from drugs, crime and gangs.
75
New York Daily News
Exhilarating.
75
The most remarkable thing about Rize is that it is real.

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