Scratch (2002)

While rappers may be the most visible musical exponents of hip-hop culture, it's the DJs (or "turntablists," as some prefer to be called) who generate the funky beats and cut-and-paste musical structures that have made hip-hop… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 17, 2002
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Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Whether you know anything about turntablism or not, Scratch makes for fun and informative viewing.

Ray Conlogue
Globe and Mail

Engaging documentary.

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Dan DeLuca
Philadelphia Inquirer

Illuminating if overly talky documentary.

Cynthia Fuchs
Nitrate Online

Even as it pays earnest homage to turntablists and beat jugglers, old schoolers and current innovators, Scratch is great fun, full of the kind of energy it's documenting.

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Robert K. Elder
Chicago Tribune

Pray's subjects can wander off into arcane Dennis Miller-esque rants, but he manages to hit the high points and most of the major personalities.

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Curt Fields
Washington Post

Should appeal to more than just hardcore hip-hop fans.

Laura Bushell

Pray has really done his subject justice.

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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News

It's all stitched together with energy, intelligence and verve, enhanced by a surplus of vintage archive footage.

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Chris Gore
Film Threat

See Scratch for the history, see Scratch for the music, see Scratch for a lesson in scratching, but, most of all, see it for the passion.

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Jon Popick
Planet Sick-Boy

You don't need to be a hip-hop fan to appreciate Scratch, and that's the mark of a documentary that works.

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