Wattstax (2000)

The climactic concert of the seventh annual Watts Summer Festival, commemorating the 1965 riots, and featuring performances by Isaac Hayes, Luther Ingram, Richard Pryor, and many more.

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 7, 2004
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Critic Score: 86% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press

The restored rerelease is a time capsule of Afros, anger and attitude.

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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

A candid, colorful and deeply meaningful sociocultural time capsule.

Rob Nelson
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul

Whether or not you call it "blaxploitation," there was something like a riot goin' on in the American cinema of 1973.

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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

A time when not only a single record company could put together a day like this, but could then give every dollar made to charity.

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John Hartl
Seattle Times

A recording of a historic moment, Wattstax has considerable value.

Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal

Soul providers light up the stage.

Vincent Canby
New York Times

It just has the air of something too carefully laid out in advance. It's so busy being glossy and optimistic that it doesn't even allow its performers time to create on screen a measure of the excitement they might have created in person.

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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe

A disorienting and ironic moviegoing experience.

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Christopher Null

Even Richard Pryor's tired old rant gets more screen time than any of the musicians

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