Roll Bounce
Roll Bounce (2005)

A handful of inner-city kids move up to the big time in this teen-centric musical. Xavier Smith (Bow Wow), known to his friends as X, is a teenager growing up on the South Side of Chicago in the late '70s. X and his buddies are the… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: December 13, 2005
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64%
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70%



Critic Score: 64% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Roll Bounce dazzles us with a classic late 1970's feel, but this coming of age film could have been more than just a spin around the roller rink.

Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

Sometimes a film wins you over with its sheer exuberance and sweetness.

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Susan Walker
Toronto Star

A movie made in the spirit of: what the world needs now is a bit of innocent diversion.

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Kam Williams
BlackNews.com

For some reason, teasing people about their skin color has become a big theme of brainless black comedies like this. Plus, it unfolds like one long Pepsi ad, with dialogue extolling the cola's virtues in virtually every scene.

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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle

It will remind you what it was like to be a teenager during the last few days of summer. And even though the plot is a little thin, you probably won't even notice until long after the music stops.

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Joshua Starnes
ComingSoon.net

For the most part though, the honesty of the performances keeps everything afloat when it could drift into easy sentimentality.

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Scott Weinberg
DVDTalk.com

Worthy of a 99-cent rental, if only so you can witness the howlingly awful performance by Wesley Jonathan as a self-appointed roller-disco mega-lord called "Sweetness." Kid had me in tears, I swear.

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Ted Fry
Seattle Times

The end of the dismal summer movie season couldn't have been blessed with a more satisfying coda than the rollicking, funny, relentlessly cheery and genuinely touching spirit that makes Roll Bounce a captivating delight from start to finish.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

I enjoyed it in all its cheesiness.

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Michael Ferraro
Film Threat

Nothing about this film is as cathartic as it tries to make itself because the characters just aren't that absorbing. Instead of tugging your heart, it just spits in your eye.

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Flixster Audience Score: 70% Flixster User Reviews
KJ Proulx
At times, "Roll Bounce" feels a bit silly, but at it's core, it'a about a family in harsh times, as they see everyone around them having a… More
Red Lats
Somewhat of a corny movie. I watched it on TV because I spent time at our local roller rink as well in the 60's and 70's. It has a formula… More
Eric Alvarez
I loved the detail in this movie, it really game it a 70's feel. All in all it's a fun film with some good smiles and laughs.
Neum Daddy
I'm not normally one to post buzzes so very often. For most of you, it's been many months...even years since my last buzz. And yet I still offer no… More
Manu Gino
Oh Meagen Good, I melt just seeing your lips, god! This movie was very good and it really made me feel young again. 1970s roller-skate jams fuel this… More
John Ballantine
Dull film that will entrance those who are easily entranced and bore everyone else. Sure Mr. Bow Wow does good but I doubt he can do better.

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