OT: Our Town
OT: Our Town (2003)

The Los Angeles community of Compton has become infamous thanks to news reports and rap music lyrics that have portrayed it as an African-American neighborhood brought to the edge of destruction by corruption and black-on-black crime. In… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: August 17, 2004
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Megan Lehmann
New York Post

For a film about stereotype-busting, OT treads a very worn path.

Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

A whole world can be fit into 76 minutes, and that's what the splendid documentary OT: our town manages to do.

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John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

promotes a message that more people need to understand in order to get past false stereotypes

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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News

Emotionally involving.

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Ernest Hardy
L.A. Weekly

A smart, seamless commentary on race, class and the expectations (or lack of) that are often attached to them.

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Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star

A documentary guaranteed to leave you laughing, crying and feeling pretty darn good about the transforming power of art.

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A.O. Scott
New York Times

[A] modest, moving documentary.

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Laura Sinagra
Village Voice

As the players themselves struggle with finding what Borek calls 'the line between representing ourselves and stereotyping,' Kennedy takes pains to illuminate aspects and insights that buck cliché.

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Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

A tiny but wondrous miracle that sprouted despite daunting obstacles, like a dandelion that shoots up in the middle of a sidewalk.

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