Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

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"The best hip-hop film of all."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"If Mr. Cundieff doesn't match the satirical genius of Mr. Reiner's film, he does understand the rules of the game."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"It lampoons the luminaries, yes, but gives their authentic anger, which came from a real place, the benefit of gentler nudges. Its greatest fury lambastes losers who embraced a gangster rap ethos to build a bank account, not let loose a battle cry."
‑ Nick Rogers,
"Satire at its finest. Uproarious and endlessly creative."
‑ Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star
"There's no plot to speak of, just gag after gag. Rap fans will likely love most of it; all others, flip a coin."
‑ Alvaro Rodriguez, Austin Chronicle
"Inspired by This Is Spinal Tap, this mockumentary exposes the trials of a hardcore rap band, N.W.H. (Niggas With Hats) with wild, irreverent humor and exuberant music."
‑ Emanuel Levy, Variety
"Not as fearless and sharp-edged as it could be -- but it provides a lot of laughs, and barbecues a few sacred cows."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Borrowing intelligently from This is Spinal Tap, writer-director-actor Rusty Cundieff has crafted a mock music documentary that is as irreverent, hilarious, and tough-minded as its model."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"It's like "CB-4" -- only funnier."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"While individual interviews, pop-video parodies and album titles hit the mark, the film as a whole is insufficiently clear-cut in its satire of the bands' dubious antics and attitudes."
‑ , Time Out
"This movie is not tightly-scripted or elegantly produced, but it is (for the most part) highly entertaining. For those who have been waiting for a sequel to Spinal Tap, this may be the best alternative."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"The rap scene has always had its share of colourful characters that are already caricatures. Why is there a need to spoof it?"
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Apollo Guide
"Cundieff is perhaps most adept at skewering rap's self-important politics through Ice Cold's wonderfully improbable explanations of how songs such as 'Booty Juice' actually contain an important social message."
‑ Scott Renshaw,
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