Metascore
66

Generally favorable reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33
  1. A poet warrior of the first order emerges in this riveting chronicle of the brief life and times of rap superstar Tupac Shakur.
  2. 88
    As you listen to his uncanny narration of Tupac: Resurrection, which is stitched together from interviews, you realize you're not listening to the usual self-important vacancies from celebrity Q&As, but to spoken prose of a high order, in which analysis, memory and poetry come together seamlessly in sentences and paragraphs that sound as if they were written.
  3. Reviewed by: Evelyn Mcdonnell
    88
    Tupac Amaru Shakur is riveting in Tupac: Resurrection. The rapper is a compelling, charismatic hero: articulate, well-read, politically radical, and movie-star handsome to boot (he in fact starred in Poetic Justice and Juice). Make that, was riveting.
  4. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    88
    Resurrection is a revelation.
  5. 75
    Lazin's remarkable achievement is to catch Tupac in the act of discovering himself. It's something to see.
  6. Mostly, it's a story of violence, and it's superbly told.
  7. Reviewed by: Dan De Luca
    75
    It's a compelling piece of propaganda that argues for Shakur, whose 1996 murder in Las Vegas at age 25 remains unsolved, as a complicated individual, ambitious artist and magnetic personality by using the most persuasive weapons at its command: Tupac himself.
  8. Reviewed by: James Sullivan
    75
    Charismatic to a fault, he had the look of a prince, with a genuine smile; long, feminine eyelashes; and a forbiddingly shaved cranium.
  9. 75
    The movie is like an extra-strength episode of MTV's ''Diary,'' which is like ''A&E Biography'' in the first person. Only ''Resurrection'' has a subject who's been dead for six years.
  10. If you've never heard his voice, this is your chance, and you should take it.
  11. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    63
    Though there must be a dozen U.S. presidents who have never had a documentary made about them, the late Tupac Shakur could rate his own section in video stores, placed between "music" and "action."
  12. Reviewed by: Kevin M. Williams
    50
    The biggest problem with the muddled mea culpa that is "Tupac" is that it is a kiss-up rather than a real examination of the rapper's life, so that anyone can speculate about what he might have become.
  13. 50
    Paints a vivid portrait of a compelling young man but, perhaps inevitably, goes overboard on the deification.
  14. 80
    Takes a look at the man’s entire life and grants us an eye-opening look inside his brain. And now that the supposed be-all-end-all documentary has been made, let’s let the guy get some f----- rest, okay?
  15. Reviewed by: Colin Kennedy
    80
    The results are highly subjective perhaps, but highly entertaining just the same and make an interesting companion piece to Nick Broomfield’s "Biggie And Tupac."
  16. 67
    Detailed but, ultimately, one-sided.
  17. It's no insult to Tupac to say that he was gangsta rap's greatest matinee idol, or that he lived the part only too well.
  18. Reviewed by: Bill White
    42
    MTV offers an airbrushed portrait that does nothing but perpetuate the myth of an "angelic" hoodlum.
  19. 80
    The film leaves viewers with the sad, even tragic sense that his legacy would have been more profound had he gotten out of his own way.
  20. The result isn't a fragmentary experience so much as an evocative collage.
  21. 70
    Though the edits can be too living-room smooth, the passion and pathology on display transcend the Tabitha Soren overload.
  22. Especially good at showing how unnervingly, even heartbreakingly contradictory this man could be.
  23. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    70
    This fine, persuasive movie will have to serve as his testament, and it's a fitting one. How many men can say they wrote their own epitaphs in their own blood?
  24. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    70
    Lazin has without question skillfully assembled an entertaining, strongly narrative nonfiction package.
  25. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    60
    Needless to say, other voices -- any other voices -- would have given this legacy-obsessed film an invaluable context for such a fiery, scrutinized subject, but Tupac: Resurrection (with that fabulously unsubtle title) is intended to be more video bible than textbook.
  26. 60
    Doesn't pretend to be objective, and the film derives much of its power from the way it invites audiences to look at the rapper's life and times through his own soulful, animated eyes. It doesn't always succeed, and there are times when it feels terribly strained.
  27. There's too much self-congratulatory showbiz overkill, and one is forced to wonder exactly who is getting paid, and how much, for leading this parade in his honor. Otherwise, this project makes it easy for anyone to understand the sanctified, semi-crazed star and the elements that created and destroyed him.
  28. Ms. Lazin succeeds in conjuring his presence and in showing how smart and likable he could be, but the film's perspective is frustratingly limited.
  29. 60
    Making Shakur the narrator works pretty well at first...But once he becomes an overnight star at age 20, his relentless self-articulation to Tabitha Soren begins to sound like the usual white noise of celebrity, his ideas about race and power in America potent but undeveloped.
  30. 50
    In the end, Tupac: Resurrection gives us too much raw Tupac, and yet somehow not enough. He remains a mystery -- one who still sells lots and lots of records.
  31. It borders on deification. Yet Tupac: Resurrection is still a strong film, with some genuinely revealing insights into the life of its charismatic and paradoxical subject.
  32. 50
    The irony is that Shakur's speaking voice is the film's greatest asset: His transformation from eager-to-please teenager to gangsta icon is vividly apparent in the sound bites.
  33. 75
    Has many puff-piece moments to it and barely touches the controversy surrounding Tupac's death or that of rival hip-hop impresario Biggie Smalls. But it's engaging nonetheless.
User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 35 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 16
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 16
  3. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Apr 24, 2012
    9
    One of the greatest documentaries I have ever seen. What separates this from the rest is the fact that Tupac himself (who died seven years before this was released) narrates his life story and takes us on a powerful journey. From his early days of poverty in Brooklyn all the way to his fatal shooting in Las Vegas in 1996. Loyal Pac fans will love this and those that didn't know too much about the slain rapper will be introduced into a musician many believe to be the greatest of all time. Full Review »
  2. AlexB.
    Aug 2, 2008
    8
    This is a great movie, it's nice to hear the man for who he was and not who everyone wanted him to be. Peter J. get your facts straight. If selling out is getting out of jail the fastest way possible then by all means the man sold out, but who wouldn't? He was wrongly accused of a terrible crime, and All Eyez on Me is considered one of the greatest rap cd's of all time. Full Review »