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Based on 22 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 2 )
  • 75
    Peter Hartlaub San Francisco Chronicle

    Tribe superfan Rapaport doesn't fawn, but he juggles too much, and the ending feels pat. It's still an outstanding effort, and one of the more honest band biopics in recent years. show more

  • 80
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    Even those who never joined the cult of A Tribe Called Quest will find this clear-eyed chronicle of their career irresistible. show more

  • 60
    The Hollywood Reporter

    Though it may not have much of an audience beyond the band's fan base, it offers enough context to serve as a primer on the hugely influential Native Tongues clique and should have life on home-vid. show more

  • 65
    Mark Jenkins NPR

    Perhaps because he's an actor, Rapaport prefers drama to analysis. And this story has plenty of conflict. show more

  • 88
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    The best material, however, keeps returning to the unstable power dynamic between Q-Tip and Dawg. show more

  • 75
    Washington Post

    The lines are drawn early on in "Beats," which is surprisingly tense and combative given the overwhelmingly positive and playful music in the band's catalogue. But that makes what could have been a sappy, fanboy loveletter a compelling look at the group's inner workings. show more

  • 75
    Wesley Morris Boston Globe

    On the one hand, welcome to the music business. On the other, if A Tribe Called Quest can't stay together who can? It's a worry that eventually gets at the eccentricity of both the music and the movie. show more

  • 75
    Jennie Punter The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    A combination of timing, access, a visual aesthetic that reflects ATCQ's Afrocentric "surface philosophy" (as the crew's look is described) and, most importantly, story-conscious editing elevates the doc above the norm. show more

  • 75
    Kevin C. Johnson St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    Despite accusations of nearly succumbing to spotlighting beefs over beats, the film comes off as an honest representation of a great group that's not to be forgotten. show more

  • 63
    V.A. Musetto New York Post

    A must for hip-hop heads. Others will either be won over or left wondering what all the fuss is about. show more

  • August 13, 2011 wn00000019512145
    Report This User

    This is a must see for Tribe fans or anyone who loves any genre of music. It\'s about the love, passion and downfall experienced by Tribe. ********* much more than ************ a really sensitive look inside one of the most influential hip-hop groups, and were their inspiration and ties come from. I\'ve never seen hip-hop portrayed with this kind of honesty and caring. Tribe really lets you into their inner lives in a way that is unusual for the genre.

  • August 12, 2011 bsmartoo
    Report This User

    As a middle aged woman who stumbled upon this movie, I say wow, what a treat! It was informative and entertaining. Turned me into a \"Tribe Called Quest\" and a Q-tip and rap fan. 89%.

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