Mixed or average reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 23
  2. Negative: 2 out of 23
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  1. Reviewed by: Jessica Reaves
    Very different than "Kids." Where the earlier film was exhausting in its nihilism, the latest retains a good-natured charm.
  2. 75
    You could think of Larry Clark's Wassup Rockers as "Ferris Velasquez's Day Off."
  3. Somehow, this rollicking day in the life of a band of skateboarding Latino punk-rockers doesn't exude the voyeuristic smarm of previous Clark forays.
  4. Throughout the film, music is used to define character and place. Two metal bands, Moral Decay and South Central Riot Squad, dominate the soundtrack whenever the gang is on the move.
  5. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    A thoroughly winning and unexpectedly observant lark about the antics of seven Latino skateboarding pals in South-Central Los Angeles.
  6. 70
    Shifting his focus away from white kids seems to have done Clark good, because Wassup Rockers is the least sensationalistic, and hence the least moralistic, of his films. It's an enjoyable if haphazard picaresque.
  7. 70
    If "Crash" grew a pair of cojones, it might look something like Larry Clark’s cheerfully defiant Wassup Rockers.
  8. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Could have been a spiky culture clash. When it tries to shock us with its alleged realism, though, it is entirely a bore.
  9. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    The main characters may be refreshingly cliché-free, but almost everyone they meet in Beverly Hills is a stilted cartoon.
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 6 Ratings

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  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. ChadS.
    Dec 1, 2006
    With every new film by Larry Clarke, there's an audience divided, perhaps unevenly; three-quarters are pervs, and one-quarter are With every new film by Larry Clarke, there's an audience divided, perhaps unevenly; three-quarters are pervs, and one-quarter are cineastes(there might be a quarter who are both, so the new math is one-half perv, one-half perverted cineastes). In "Wassup Rockers", there is no trollop(that trollop would be Bijou Phillips in "Bully") dripping wax on her nipples, and no nubile(that nubile would be Chloe Sevigny in "Kids") being raped in her sleep. All the sex, and all the nudity are implied this time, because the last time(that last time would be "Ken Park"), there was no American distribution(thanks a lot Christian evangelicals) for this fearless(some say, incendiary) filmmaker. "Wassup Rockers" is a sequel of sorts to "Kids", the frank sex-talk is still there, but this time, " the kids are" likable(they're "alright"). Remember that scene in "Crash", in which Ludacris ran over a "China man", and kept referring to him as such? That same sort of incidental homicide occurs in "Wassup Rockers" when the ghetto boys enter the Californian suburbs, and even though this switch from realism to surrealism mucks up the tone, the social commentary is priceless and worth the imperfection. The murders are a metaphor for how some viewers indict these young boys as a menace to these sheltered suburbanites based on race alone. Their(audience) assumptions are the murder weapons. That's the only way I can explain it. Clarke is doing something extraordinary here. It's as if he's blaming the audience for the deaths, like some kind of frame job. What happens doesn't meet the audience's expectations of how a group of non-white kids would behave, so they finish the job for them. Like the boys said, "We just came here to skate." "Wassup Rockers" is a very interesting film, and I hope this made sense. Full Review »