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  • Summary: Rize reveals a groundbreaking dance phenomenon that's exploding on the streets of South Central, Los Angeles. Taking advantage of unprecedented access, this documentary film brings to first light a revolutionary form of artistic expression borne from oppression. (Lions Gate Entertainment)
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  1. Positive: 26 out of 29
  2. Negative: 0 out of 29
  1. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    There's a delicate balance here between expression and belligerence.
  2. Reviewed by: Bob Westal
    It's the speed and intensity that makes the dance style remarkable.
  3. 75
    It's the pushiest film around - "in your face" is still in-your-face, even if the dancers are in white-face.
  4. 75
    The result is an eye-opening social portrait in the tradition of "Paris Is Burning," the landmark 1990 documentary that introduced drag balls and ''vogueing'' to the mainstream, but it lacks the earlier film's structure and focus.
  5. 50
    Emotionally charged but not entirely honest documentary.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 15
  2. Negative: 4 out of 15
  1. BrandonF.
    Aug 5, 2006
    It wasreally exciting and it was hard to stay in my seat because it had a lot of ation dancing and i liked it a lot.
  2. ZakiyaW.
    Nov 29, 2005
    I love "RIZE" cause the way they dance and I love to dance so I really enjoy that movie and R.I.P Quenesha A.K.A Lil Dimples.
  3. RudyF.
    Jan 12, 2006
    I love "Rize"! There is no real plot to the movie based on the fact that it is a documentary. if you dont care about how it changed the inner city and streets of L.A. or just dont believe how it is related to the culture then you don't know anything about the streets. To see how things were changed by dancing instead of guns is remarkable. Even if you dont care about that, the dancing is amazing. I'll admit the east coast is completely different when they dance, but it's always cool to see different types of dances. If you dont like this movie, you either dont like dancing, don't know anything or know how to dance, and/or don't like to learn about other cultures. Collapse
  4. JohnN.
    Jul 28, 2006
    Whoever says Rize, is a complete waste of time. You do not understand what this dance does for L.A and other Gangbanging Cities. Rize introduces a way of not resulting to violence when your mad, but result to dancing. Release all of your anger into the dance, not in the fight. Expand
  5. [Anonymous]
    Oct 26, 2006
    This was one of the worst films I have seen in years! They look like dancing chickens!

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