Freestyle (2000)

The pioneers and current purveyors of the vibrant art of freestyle hip-hop mingle in this hour-long documentary about the origins and future of the style. Shot in New York City, L.A., and San Francisco, Freestyle alternates between informed… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: April 14, 2000
DVD Release Date: May 24, 2005
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

The film's conventions have become hip-hop doc clichés.

Hazel-Dawn Dumpert
L.A. Weekly

A thoughtful overview of a major musical movement, from its churchy roots to its urban present, from its aggressive front to its spiritual underpinnings.

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Mark Athitakis

there's too little evidence that freestyling in itself deserves even the short 75 minutes allotted for this film

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A.O. Scott
New York Times

The skills on display in Freestyle are too varied and idiosyncratic for one movie to contain, but this one at least offers a heady, rousing education in an art form that is too often misunderstood.

Fred Camper
Chicago Reader

An engaged and knowing look at the underground world of improvised rap, concentrating on artists less interested in commercial success and cutting records than in the 'spontaneous right now' of 'nonconceptual rhyme.'

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Todd Deery
Orlando Weekly

Watching some of the best freestylers riff like Charlie Parkers with thesauruses is often breathtaking.

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Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times

Even if you have no previous interest in or extensive knowledge of hip-hop, Freestyle will draw you in, accomplishing that rare feat of making the creative process interesting while also telling a story.

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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News

Dispels myths about the 'gangsta' aura that clings to rap and shows this poetry of the streets in all its different forms: social protest, entertainment and aggression.

Luke Y. Thompson
Los Angeles CityBeat

The only downside of watching the movie? The rhythm gets you, and you're likely not going to want to sit still in your seat.

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Jared H
The first full movie that I've seen on YouTube! It's a very good and thoughtful overview of what makes freestyle rhyming a true artform. Has some good… More