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  • Summary: Loosely based on the childhoods of Dallas Austin and Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins, TLC tells the story of a close knit group of working-class teens in Atlanta whose lives revolve around hip-hop music and roller skating.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 25
  2. Negative: 1 out of 25
  1. 78
    Despite a third-act tendency to gather a few spare genre clich├ęs as it rolls along (Guns! Drugs! Angry siblings!), Robinson's film is a cut above the rest.
  2. 75
    The story is familiar, but terrific performances and a vivid sense of place elevate it above the average teen-oriented picture.
  3. Fresh and unexpected. It feels like a real window on the lives of disenfranchised youths - these are in South Atlanta - as they make their way in a society that doesn't cut them any breaks.
  4. Unlike so many movies directed at teens, ATL is not interested in exploiting its audience.
  5. Reviewed by: James Parker
    Is ATL even a hip-hop movie? There's hip-hop in it, certainly, but unlike the recent vehicles for Eminem and 50 Cent -- respectively, ''8 Mile" and ''Get Rich or Die Tryin' " -- it does not have a rapper hero.
  6. Reviewed by: Tim Grierson
    What starts out as a lively reconsidering of the thug-life mentality ends up having as much depth as, well, one of Robinson's videos.
  7. Director Chris Robinson moves his camera aimlessly, cutting in and out of speeches as if he were just as bored as I.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 19
  2. Negative: 4 out of 19
  1. Alisha
    Apr 5, 2006
    I was surprised how good it was. But what I don't get about some critics and viewers is the preception of this being another "rap" movie, just because the cast is black, has two rappers, and a skating rink is involved. There are only two rappers in the movie and they act their part well (Nothing to with rapping throughout the movie). People need to give this movie a chance and not jump to conclusions so quickly. Read what it's about before you think it's another "Get Rich or Die Tryin" movie. And don't go expecting a "Juice" or "Boys in the Hood" or "Roll Bounce" because its a different movie, different director, different title, different cast. ATL has something special about it that makes it stand out and to know what that special something is you have to see the movie and with an open mind. Expand
  2. PaolaC.
    Apr 23, 2006
    I think that ATL was a good movie,it shows alot of examples.I wa supprise when T.I. was playing the good one in the movie.
  3. Ciaira
    May 17, 2007
    I love this movie...I Love T.i. so thats half the point!! but this movie is about aloota stuff but it all make sense in a way tho.but my favorite part is when uncle george is yelling at ant cus he's all like "boy you ain't get no cutty last night...whitcho scrony ass" hahah cracks me up everytime i see it. Expand
  4. AlC.
    Jul 21, 2006
    I enjoyed this movie a lot. Im surprised when I hear people say "wow, these rappers can really act!", when in fact the majority of mainstream actors are acting 24/7. Anyway, fun movie. Expand
  5. RyanD.
    Apr 17, 2006
    "This movie reminds us that it's cool to be black", "how great it is to be a BLACK teen". Because every other movie reminds us that it's cool to be white... You're both race-obsorbed idiots, and I bet this movie is a race-obsorbed movie- all about skin color, and not at all about substance. Expand
  6. WillC.
    Jul 8, 2006
    ATL has decent acting and whatnot, but god was it boring. Their really wasnt much of a plot or anything interesting at all. It's really not worth your time. Expand
  7. Rob
    May 7, 2006
    This movie was the worst movie i ever saw if i ever wanted to see a worse movie, i couldnt. if you enjoyed this movie your just as bad as the writers. Expand

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