Rize

Rize

A film by David LaChapelle


Chicago Sun Time
Roger Ebert
"The most remarkable thing about "Rize" is that it is real"

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Boston Herald
James Verniere
"Lords of the dance: The stars of the documentary `Rize' choose art over street violence."

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The Wall Street Journal
Joe Morgenstern
"Spectacular"

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Time Out NY
David Fear
"The movie mixes music-video-like sequences with fly-on-the-wall movements and has all the garish color of LaChapelle's cover shoots, but you'd be hard pressed to find a better slice of cultural anthropology or a more vibrant portrait of inner-city life."

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Variety
Robert Koehler
Eye-popping visuals and an appreciation of social complexities combine for an entirely satisfying experience that will bring audiences out of their seats in a good way.
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Chicago Tribune
Sid Smith
"Thus "Rize" is a compelling, bittersweet hybrid of a movie, one celebrating an enormous and hitherto unsung underground talent, while suggesting that art goes only so far in solving the enormous challenges of the underprivileged life."

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LA Weekly
Ernest Hardy
"In its final incarnation as Rize, the brief (84 minutes) documentary is LaChapelle's worshipful look at the hard-knock origins, dazzlingly talented young participants and multilayered meanings tucked within krumping — the raw, frenetic, hip-hop-derived, African-rooted style of dancing that blends sharp-focus athleticism with unbridled personal catharsis."

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New York Magazine
Ken Tucker
"You redeem it through art."

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NY TIMES
A.O. Scott
"This movie is, among other things, a celebration..."

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The RollingStone
Peter Travers
"David LaChapelle's RIZE is a visual miracle; an unexpected knockout as social history. An important film."

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The Washington Post
Richard Harrington

"What RIZE reveals is that is disenfranchised communities beset by multiple blights of poverty drugs and gang violence, there have always been stubborn, heroic artistic response. This is simply one of the most dramatic and one of the most inspiring."

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USA TODAY
Claudia Puig
'Rize': It's up, up and away
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VILLAGE VOICE
Rob Nelson
It's also the most infectiously energetic and inspiring doc I've seen in years
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Entertainment Weekly
Owen Gleiberman
"And here's the thing: The dancers are all, in movement and spirit, the resurrection of Rodney King."

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Los Angeles Times
Kevin Thomas
"LaChapelle reveals he has the documentary filmmaker's gift for charting the evolution of a new form of artistic expression as a way of illuminating an entire world... a moving documentary"

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NPR
Elvis Mitchell
"There's a great documentary called "Rize," directed by the fashion style photographer David LaChapelle, about inner-city kids in South Central LA who turn away from violence and turn towards dance..."

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The Hollywood Reporter
Sheri Linden
"An exhilarating portrait of a groundbreaking, up-from-the-L.A.-streets strain of athleticism as performance art"

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