Light It Up

Metascore
43

Mixed or average reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 27
  2. Negative: 6 out of 27

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Critic Reviews

  1. 75
    Much of Light It Up has a familiar feel. But there are enough redeeming insights to make the time you spend at this school worthwhile.
  2. Heartbreaking and sometimes dazzlingly effective, the film still has flaws -- most of them in a too-often-maudlin script.
  3. This is a good-hearted movie that unfortunately is wildly implausible and makes no sense.
  4. 75
    The protagonists of Light It Up seem strangely tender and vulnerable, and the movie, if heavy-handed at times, does a remarkable job of making their plight moving.
  5. At all times, the audience believes that it's watching something that really could happen.
  6. A tough little hostage thriller with crackling dialogue, surprising intelligence and an emotional wallop.
  7. It has moments of effectiveness, some of the performances -- especially Whitaker and Robert Ri'chard -- are moving.
  8. 63
    If I can't quite recommend the movie, it's because so much of the plot is on autopilot. The dialogue spells out too much that doesn't need to be said.
  9. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    63
    Light It Up isn't a great movie, but it's a cut above most so-called urban thrillers.

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