Turn It Up
Turn It Up (2000)

Prakazrel Michel, better known as Pras from the top-selling R&B group The Fugees, stars in this urban drama based on both his solo album Ghetto Superstar and his novel of the same name. Diamond (Pras) is an up-and-coming musician who is… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 6, 2000
DVD Release Date: March 20, 2001
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Consensus: Reviewers say Turn It Up has a derivative feel, running through too many urban movie cliches.

Robert Koehler

Turn It Up is a hip-hop downer that makes the high-risk high-life of contempo gangstas seem glumly routine.

Ernest Hardy

As both writer and director, Adetuyi doesn't bother bringing any emotional or psychological twists or nuances to these familiar character types; he gives them no depth whatsoever.

Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion

In the final analysis it's more exploitative than uplifting.

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Christy Lemire
Associated Press

Surprisingly, for a movie about music, the sound is lousy. Some of the songs sound distorted because they have so much bass. In other moments, the dialogue is so low, it's hard to understand what the characters are saying.

Vicky Edwards
Chicago Tribune

The film uses every standard urban drama story line in the book.

Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan

It lacks characters engaging enough to keep us involved.

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

It has action and violence, to be sure, but it may prove considerably more serious and uncompromising than its audience expected.

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Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

As soon as an idea worth pursuing pops up, the plot shoots it down in a literal hail of bullets.

Jeremiah Kipp

Never aspires to be more than an excuse for Pras and Ja Rule to flash their ultra-sleek MTV fashions for 90 minutes.

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