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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 12
  2. Negative: 2 out of 12
  1. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Apr 4, 2012
    88
    Despite its flashy cinematography and colorful sets, it contains a great deal that is serious about growing up in America today.
  2. Reviewed by: Diego Costa
    Mar 29, 2012
    75
    While We the Party can be insensitive, or blind, to the misogyny and homophobia of the general culture (the token gay teen is a finger-snapping, head-bobbing fashionista), it takes the issues of race and class quite seriously.
  3. Reviewed by: Alison Willmore
    Apr 4, 2012
    75
    Van Peebles compensates for his stylistic clunkiness - the film overuses split screens and sometimes looks so bright, it could be a '90s sitcom - with funny, unexpected sparks of life.
  4. Reviewed by: Karina Longworth
    Apr 3, 2012
    40
    Van Peebles's heart is probably in the right place, but his attempt to wed his kids' generational moment to a classic coming-of-age template falters in its message-obsessed execution.
  5. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    Apr 5, 2012
    40
    The naughty-yet-nurturing tone is certainly unusual, but in working so hard to be the adult who "gets" kids yet lectures them at the same time, he's ended up with a colorful but superficial mess.
  6. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    Apr 4, 2012
    40
    This South Los Angeles-set dramedy flirts with terminal stereotypes and high-school movie cliches right and left.
  7. Reviewed by: Stephanie Merry
    Apr 5, 2012
    38
    With the raunch of "American Pie" and the heart of an after-school special, the comedy turns out to be a lot less than the sum of its parts.

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