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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 the dominant musical phenomena of the past 20 years. Scratch is a documentary that examines the role of the DJ in hip-hop music, from the pioneering work of old school hip-hop artists like Afrika Bambaata and Jazzy Jay to contemporary masters like noted trip-hop musician DJ Shadow and award-winning turntablist group Invisibl Skratch Piklz. The film also… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

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"Engaging documentary."
‑ Ray Conlogue, Globe and Mail
"Illuminating if overly talky documentary."
‑ Dan DeLuca, Philadelphia Inquirer
"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."
‑ Cynthia Fuchs, Nitrate Online
"Those moviegoers who would automatically bypass a hip-hop documentary should give "Scratch" a second look."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"A nifty portrait of a minor, but intriguing, element of popular culture."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"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."
‑ Robert K. Elder, Chicago Tribune
"Should appeal to more than just hardcore hip-hop fans."
‑ Curt Fields, Washington Post
"Pray has really done his subject justice."
‑ Laura Bushell,
"A determined and carefully made but ultimately unsatisfying effort."
‑ , Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"One of those terrific documentaries that collect a bunch of people who are enthusiastic about something and then figures out how to make us share their enthusiasm."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"It's all stitched together with energy, intelligence and verve, enhanced by a surplus of vintage archive footage."
‑ Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News
"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."
‑ Chris Gore, Film Threat
"You don't need to be a hip-hop fan to appreciate Scratch, and that's the mark of a documentary that works."
‑ Jon Popick, Planet Sick-Boy
"It's a story of turntablism that will appeal to both newcomers and DJ diehards."
‑ Chris Macias, Sacramento Bee
"A good documentary can make interesting a subject you thought would leave you cold. A case in point: Doug Pray's Scratch."
‑ Robert W. Butler, Kansas City Star
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