Generally favorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23

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  1. A loose-limbed documentary about the hip-hop D.J. scene that, for know-nothings like me, is highly informative without being in the least academic.
  2. 89
    So upbeat it might as well arrive on a sunbeam.
  3. 80
    Throughout, the notion that hip-hop is much more than rapping is a persistent theme, and anyone seeking a solid introduction -- or re-introduction -- to that ever vibrant culture shouldn't miss it.
  4. Highly entertaining and encouraging documentary.
  5. 91
    Among the film's highlights are an interview with Grand Wizard Theodore, who is generally uncontested in his claim to have invented the idea of scratching vinyl.
  6. Scratch could use some of the wit and jagged energy that defined "Hype!"
  7. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    Works best as a straightforward appreciation of the music. Though docu's structure wears out full viewer interest after an hour or so, few will come away with staid prejudices (i.e. that turntablism isn't "real" musicianship) intact.
  8. Baltimore Sun
    Reviewed by: Chris Kaltenbach
    Scratch will make even the uninitiated believe in the joy and propulsive power of hip-hop.
  9. 90
    Simultaneously hilarious and deeply informative thanks to the vibrant personalities at its center.
  10. The miracle here is not so much that Pray captures the DJs in peak form, but that he comprehensively captures SO MANY of them.
  11. 63
    Pray will force you to look at the music as more than just gobbledygook created by musical-bower birds who can't spell.
  12. It lays the groundwork for such collaborations by suggesting that all forms of music must come full circle before evolving into something new.
  13. This engaging documentary is an excursion into the immense "art" form of hip-hop.
  14. Reviewed by: Chris Gore
    See Scratch for the history, see Scratch for the music, see Scratch for a lesson in scratching, but, most of all, see it for the passion.
  15. Filled with wildly inventive sound, as records are cut up and recombined on the spot.
  16. It's a documentary that invites viewers inside its story to groove along with a genre that's changing the past, present and future of contemporary music.
  17. Boston Globe
    Reviewed by: Ken Capobianco
    An illuminating and entertaining study of an underground culture that has become part of the American mainstream.
  18. 80
    It's a doozy of a story, too, about a group of musicians who use the technology of the present and the mindset of the future to make a delicious hash out of the best parts of the past.
  19. 80
    Engrossing and infectiously enthusiastic documentary.
  20. 70
    Scratch's strongest moments are the live performance sequences, where hip-hop becomes an ultra-rhythmic spiritual experience, with roots in West African trance ritual and South Bronx gang solidarity.

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User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. FrancisR.
    Oct 7, 2005
    This movie is perfect to learn about the history and background of one of the elements of Hip-Hop...DJ. This really is enjoying to the This movie is perfect to learn about the history and background of one of the elements of Hip-Hop...DJ. This really is enjoying to the audience like myself. Please watch it. With interviews with one of the biggest DJs in the world like DJ Qbert, Mix Master Mike, X-Ecutioners and many more makes this movie the best Hip-Hop documentary around! Full Review »