Light It Up
Light It Up (1999)

Noted R&B artist and producer Kenneth (Babyface) Edmonds served as executive producer for this tough urban drama. After a shooting incident in a neglected inner-city school leaves a police officer wounded, a group of students holds the cop… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: November 10, 1999
DVD Release Date: June 13, 2000
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Critic Score: 38% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Soon into the student uprising, the story starts to feel like a warmed over after-school special.

Jay Carr
Boston Globe

Vanessa Williams adds marquee value as a police negotiator.

Scott Weinberg

Snuff it out!

Steve Rhodes
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Too often writer/directors such as Light It Up's Craig Bolotin don't take the time to create a plausible plot and realistic dialog.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The problem is the movie is too predictable--so predictable that it keeps it from truly generating suspense.

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

...isn't so much a bad movie as an unfinished movie

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Nick Carter
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

It begins as a high school comedy romp and then abruptly turns into a TV cop show-caliber thriller.

Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

Writer-director Craig Bolotin wants to get our motors racing, our minds pondering and our hearts pumping. Laudable goals; shaky results.

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Clint Morris

"The Breakfast Club" in the Ghetto

Wesley Morris
San Francisco Examiner

A laughably disconnected hostage drama.

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Flixster Audience Score: 76% Flixster User Reviews
Remi Logan
Usher's "acting" ruined the whole thing for me