Wild Style
Wild Style (2013)

This docudrama celebrates the colorful lives of teens who live in the South Bronx. There they are seen break dancing, creating graffiti art, and listening to raucous rap. The slim story centers on Zoro, who likes to spray-paint subway cars.… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: September 27, 2013
DVD Release Date: October 22, 2002
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Sara Cardace
New York Magazine/Vulture

Charlie Ahearn's groundbreaking film about hip-hop, graffiti, break dancing, and rap in eighties New York celebrates its 25th anniversary with a new 35-mm. print.

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Sasha Frere-Jones
Village Voice

Hip-hop rolls on tractor treads now, unafraid to colonize those who hesitate, but in 1982 it was small, self-selecting, and as specific to New York as the World Trade Center.

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Nathan Rabin
The Dissolve

As a time capsule and a sociological document, it's difficult to overstate its importance, but it's also tremendous fun.

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David Jenkins
Time Out

Mixing early-'80s nostalgia with mild social anthropology, the film successfully crystallises the optimism and vivacity of the early New York hip hop scene and suggests that film and TV portrayals of the Bronx as a savage and inhospitable hellhole were pe

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Keith Phipps
AV Club

It's a fascinating time capsule, worth examining for anyone interested in the cultural roots of hip hop.

Glenn Dunks
Glenn Dunks

I guess it depends on what you go to the movies for, but for me Wild Style is a classic and a remarkable example of what the medium can do to an audience.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

Wild Style lacks a lot of the style of the people in it, but it never neutralizes their vitality.

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Ted Shen
Chicago Reader

The pacing is slow -- inexcusable in a film about music -- except when hip-hop takes over, and Ahearn wisely gives plenty of screen time to the likes of Busy Bee, Rock Steady Crew, and Fab Five Freddy.

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Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard

A poorly-acted shambles.

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