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Based on 27 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    At all times, the audience believes that it's watching something that really could happen. show more

  • 75
    Staff [Not Credited] USA Today

    A tough little hostage thriller with crackling dialogue, surprising intelligence and an emotional wallop. show more

  • 75
    Philadelphia Inquirer

    Heartbreaking and sometimes dazzlingly effective, the film still has flaws -- most of them in a too-often-maudlin script. show more

  • 23
    Michael Atkinson Mr. Showbiz

    A shovelful of silly manure from the get-go. show more

  • 75
    Barbara Shulgasser Chicago Tribune

    This is a good-hearted movie that unfortunately is wildly implausible and makes no sense. show more

  • 75
    Miami Herald

    The protagonists of Light It Up seem strangely tender and vulnerable, and the movie, if heavy-handed at times, does a remarkable job of making their plight moving. show more

  • 75
    Baltimore Sun

    Much of Light It Up has a familiar feel. But there are enough redeeming insights to make the time you spend at this school worthwhile. show more

  • 63
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    If I can't quite recommend the movie, it's because so much of the plot is on autopilot. The dialogue spells out too much that doesn't need to be said. show more

  • 63
    Jay Carr Boston Globe

    Light It Up isn't a great movie, but it's a cut above most so-called urban thrillers. show more

  • 50
    Wesley Morris San Francisco Examiner

    A laughably disconnected hostage drama that rails against the perceived nightmare of inner-city public schools. show more

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