Tupac - Resurrection
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Many unauthorized video titles have been released about the life of rap superstar Tupac Shakur. Tupac: Resurrection is the only one to be both executive produced by his mother, former Black Panther Afeni Shakur, and benefit from access to the MTV archives. The documentary is the feature-length debut for director Lauren Lazin, who has created several highly rated programs for both MTV and PBS. Using voice-overs, interviews, and other vocal tracks recorded by the late artist himself, the film explores his life, music, and death from fatal gunshot wounds in 1996. Includes rare footage, home… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 78%

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"It's amazing stuff."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"[An] absorbing experience."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
"It'd be easy to write off Paramount's Tupac: Resurrection as a cheap publicity stunt."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
"The winning conceit of producer/director Lauren Lazin's flamboyant documentary about the life of Tupac Shakur is that the late rapper's voice is the primary source the audience hears."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"The film would have been strengthened if it had been a little more willing to challenge Tupac's behaviour."
‑ Dan Jardine, Apollo Guide
"It never addresses the problem that the more Tupac opens his mouth to explain what his music is or isn't about, and what role in society it is or isn't supposed to serve, the more obvious it becomes that his views aren't reflected in the actual music."
‑ Stephanie Zacharek, Salon.com
"While Tupac: Resurrection includes some never-before- seen family photos and performance footage, and excerpts from the late rapper's journals, it offers little in the way of new information or insight into the rapper's world."
‑ Tina Potterf, Seattle Times
"Tupac's evolution as an artist showed us a young man who was an activist, involved in the community, who showed signs of becoming a more self-aware and self-critical artist, as his music moved from the political to the personal."
‑ Dan Jardine, Cinemania
"Whether he's dead or alive, this film reveals Tupac to be a scared, skinny kid with a gun, and a vulnerable human being who could easily be pierced by bullets, just like the rest of us."
‑ Kam Williams, Afro-American
"A must-see not only for fans of Shakur's music but for anyone who appreciates a well-told life story."
‑ Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star
"It's great to hear a person no longer with us captured so bountifully in interviews, talking and even bubbling about his friends, his legacy and his scrapes."
‑ Mike Clark, USA Today
"Fans, of course, will devour this film, but there's plenty to chew on for the uninitiated as well."
‑ James Sullivan, San Francisco Chronicle
"Gripping documentary, see it with your teens."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"A dishearteningly incomplete portrait."
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
"The film gives a fine sense of why Shakur's fans carry the torch for his legacy. But it's better from the perspective of that spirit on the streets, not up in the clouds."
‑ Nick Rogers, State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
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