Crips and Bloods: Made in America
Crips and Bloods: Made in America (2008)

Narrated by Academy Award-winning actor Forest Whitaker, Dogtown and Z-Boys director Stacy Peralta's unflinching documentary chronicles one of the longest-running civil wars in the history of America though a deeply humanistic lens. The… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 20, 2008
DVD Release Date: May 26, 2009
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Critic Score: 75% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe

Crips and Bloods hasn't been made out of moral anger or a sense of conspiracy. As matters of journalism, sociology, and humanitarianism, the movie is incurious at best. At worst, it's a recruitment video.

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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

The movie feels less like a traditional documentary than an educational video. But it works the way he wants it to: you'll walk out feeling both enlightened and dismayed.

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Jennifer Merin

Stacy Peralta's insider glimpse at the lives of LA gangs is a genuine shocker.

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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

Peralta is a compassionate filmmaker.

Manohla Dargis
New York Times

With Crips and Bloods: Made in America, the director Stacy Peralta manages to put a human face on a subject that tends to inspire inflamed debate.

Stan Hall

The film works best as a history lesson of the L.A. black experience, arguing that economic neglect, institutional racism and covert government operations fueled the 1965 and 1992 riots and created the leadership vacuum in which gangs took root.

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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle

Deals almost entirely in known facts, but it's still a revelatory film.

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Drew Toal
Time Out

The self-perpetuating cycle of hopelessness, ignorance and poverty is certainly a depressing spectacle. But it's not a very revelatory one.

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Robert Davis
Paste Magazine

Stacy Peralta's visual style and sense of storytelling when applied to a weightier subject than surfing or skating actually works surprisingly well.

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Walter M.
"Crips and Bloods: Made in America" is an incisive inside documentary about the infamous Los Angeles gangs whose conflict over the past forty years… More
Perhaps the most important functions that a documentary can serve today is to step in when the mainstream media has failed. On issue that the media has most… More
Christopher Brown
What starts out as a great doc eventually becomes a potential TV special. The doc starts out strong, explaining the beginnings of gang mentality and how… More