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Crips and Bloods: Made in America
Narrated by Academy Award-winning actor Forest Whitaker, Dogtown and Z-Boys director Stacy Peralta's unflinching documentary chronicles one of the longest-running civil wars in the history of America though a deeply humanistic lens. The Bloods and Crips are two of South Los Angeles' most notorious African-American gangs. While many outsiders simply cannot understand the decades-long cycle of despair and destruction that has come to define their daily lives, the individuals who comprise each gang are not simply mindless, gun-toting thugs, but real people with real families who have… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Crips and Bloods hasn't been made out of moral anger or a sense of conspiracy. As matters of journalism, sociology, and humanitarianism, the movie is incurious at best. At worst, it's a recruitment video."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"The movie feels less like a traditional documentary than an educational video. But it works the way he wants it to: you'll walk out feeling both enlightened and dismayed."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"Stacy Peralta's insider glimpse at the lives of LA gangs is a genuine shocker."
‑ Jennifer Merin,
"Don't miss this."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Expect to well up while watching emotional tableaus of grieving mothers burying their babies at funerals and simply staring blankly into the camera with tears streaming down their pained faces."
‑ Kam Williams,
"Peralta is a compassionate filmmaker."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"With Crips and Bloods: Made in America, the director Stacy Peralta manages to put a human face on a subject that tends to inspire inflamed debate."
‑ Manohla Dargis, New York Times
"The film works best as a history lesson of the L.A. black experience, arguing that economic neglect, institutional racism and covert government operations fueled the 1965 and 1992 riots and created the leadership vacuum in which gangs took root."
‑ Stan Hall, Oregonian
"Stacy Peralta's documentary traces the emergence of gangs in L.A., as well as their contexts and causes."
‑ Cynthia Fuchs, PopMatters
"A breathlessly edited doc about gang warfare in L.A."
‑ Harvey S. Karten, Compuserve
"Deals almost entirely in known facts, but it's still a revelatory film."
‑ Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle
"The self-perpetuating cycle of hopelessness, ignorance and poverty is certainly a depressing spectacle. But it's not a very revelatory one."
‑ Drew Toal, Time Out New York
"Stacy Peralta's visual style and sense of storytelling when applied to a weightier subject than surfing or skating actually works surprisingly well."
‑ Robert Davis, Paste Magazine
"A solid picture that leaves much for discussion, Crips and Bloods maps the paths, even if it leaves some lots vacant along the way."
‑ Sara Maria Vizcarrondo, Boxoffice Magazine
"Peralta's presentation is so concise and efficient that it often overshadows the fact that some of his doc's contentions aren't particularly novel."
‑ Nick Schager, Slant Magazine
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