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Rize Review

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  • 4.0

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    Generally favorable reviews
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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    A touching story of hope, vitality and art rising from the bleakest conditions.

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  • 80

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    The Hollywood Reporter Sheri Linden

    Word-of-mouth should make it one of the best-performing nonfiction films of the year.

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  • 83

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    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.

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  • 90

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    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.

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Iffy for 14+

Vibrant, in-your-face chronicle of urban dance.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this documentary shows the development of a dance form called krump, or krumping, which consists of fast gyrations and extremely athletic movements. These include the "stripper dance" (thrusting and butt-shaking), and other highly imaginative, aggressive, and stylized moves. The dancers discuss their onerous backgrounds (absent parents, violent neighborhoods, ongoing poverty, drug dealing, deficient schools), and use some street language.

  • Families can talk about the resolve shown by these young dancers, as they resist involvements in violence, gangs, and drugs. How does dedication to dancing (in groups and individually) encourage kids to stay focused on constructive self-expression? How does krump also help create a sense of unity and support, through competitions as well as mentoring relationships? What is the connection between this kind of dancing and religious organization, faith, and community?

The good stuff
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    Messages: These kids work hard.

What to watch for
  • violence false0

    Violence: Dances are aggressive, but they are dances.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Some dances feature sexualized moves, some language is allusive.

  • language false3

    Language: Street talk.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: T-shirts with logos.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue