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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 hotshot skaters at the Palisades Gardens, a neighborhood roller rink where local kids roll to the latest disco sounds, but X loses his status as king of the hill when the Palisades closes down. With no skating action close by, X and his friends head uptown to the Sweetwater Roller Rink, where they feel like country mice in the big city among the expert skate… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 64%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Sometimes a film wins you over with its sheer exuberance and sweetness."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"A movie made in the spirit of: what the world needs now is a bit of innocent diversion."
‑ Susan Walker, Toronto Star
"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."
‑ Kam Williams,
"This is the 40th "skating movie" to hit the screens since Charlie Chaplin's The Rink (1915). It is neither the best nor the worst of them - skater dudes may think its cool, but 25 years ago there was the much maligned Xanadu with ELO, ONJ and (sigh!) stil"
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"The skating routines are a lot of fun to watch, filled with great choreography and backed by great tunes."
‑ Ethan Alter, Film Journal International
"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."
‑ Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle
"For the most part though, the honesty of the performances keeps everything afloat when it could drift into easy sentimentality."
‑ Joshua Starnes,
"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."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"A spunky, fun little film."
‑ Jeffrey Westhoff, Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
"Actually one of the year's more pleasant surprises, though it misses being more than that through a combination of length and a sometimes sloppy, meandering screenplay."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"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."
‑ Ted Fry, Seattle Times
"I enjoyed it in all its cheesiness."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"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."
‑ Michael Ferraro, Film Threat
"It would take a critic more churlish than this one to sneer and bare chickenlike talons at Roll Bounce"
‑ Luke Y. Thompson, New Times
"A nice blast of character-driven nostalgia with the best use of Charlie Murphy and Wayne Brady since Chapelle snapped."
‑ Jimmy O, Film Snobs
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