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  • Summary: Two young men develop graffiti into an urban art form on the streets of San Francisco’s Mission District, only to face prosecution and the prospect of imprisonment. A former at-risk kid himself, director Benjamin Morgan's connection to the underground youth of today provides the film with its gritty realism and "drama verite" style. (Quality of Life Film, LLC) Expand
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. 75
    Kev Robertson's gritty camerawork and a musical soundtrack mixing hip-hop, punk and electronica add to the ambience of this impressive shoestring-budget indie.
  2. Reviewed by: Jane Ganhal
    This is a small -- if rough -- gem of a film.
  3. 70
    It's Garrison and Burnam who hold the film's center, however, with a natural magnetism. Newcomers both, they take the same clean approach to their roles that their characters bring to their tags.
  4. Reviewed by: Nathan Lee
    A minor movie, modestly made, that develops to a counterculture beat but ends with a status quo conundrum: Is selling out the new keeping it real?
  5. 60
    Establishes a strong sense of milieu in these street scenes, and while the movie's not without its flaws--much of the dialogue is colorless and Lisa seems a bit too together to be hanging out with Curtis--it's never less than credible.
  6. Reviewed by: Mark Olsen
    The ending, which unnecessarily veers toward lumpy, overwrought melodrama, undoes the scrappy elegance the film previously displays in fits and starts.
  7. Reviewed by: Phil Hall
    With a clumsy hip-hop score permeating every free inch of the soundtrack and ugly 16mm cinematography that would never be allowed out of Film School 101, the audio-visual experience is a wreck. The quality of Quality of Life is non-existent.

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