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Based on 17 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 2 )
  • 75
    San Francisco Chronicle

    Art makes the difference for the few kids who make it, and it also makes the difference for the films that stand out from the pack. The Hip Hop Project, a documentary by Matt Ruskin, is one of them. show more

  • 63
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    The Hip Hop Project, a documentary about Kazi and the young men and women he mentors, isn't quite as successful as Kazi himself - a Bahamian orphan and teenage street hustler who turned his life around, and got folks like Queen Latifah, Russell Simmons and Bruce Willis to help out him and his project. show more

  • 63
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    Although it often feels more like a promotional tool than an objective documentary, there is no denying the emotional resonance propelling Matt Ruskin's first feature. show more

  • 75
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    The film works best when it pays specific attention to how hard it is to write a rhyme worth hearing. show more

  • 75
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    The story is compelling enough that even glib phrases like "healing through hip-hop" can't drag it down. show more

  • 50
    Kyle Smith New York Post

    IF you like rap, you'll probably enjoy The Hip Hop Project. I don't like rap. show more

  • 50
    Boston Globe

    And while the young director tends to skip over many of the larger societal issues plaguing many of the HHP participants, his desire to honestly platform the emotional heartbeat of his subjects still rings true. show more

  • 58
    Bill White Seattle Post-Intelligencer

    While their stories are well worth telling, first-time director Ruskin fails to shape his material into the dynamic film it might have been. show more

  • 58
    Michael Sragow Baltimore Sun

    As a documentary, the film is woefully underdeveloped. show more

  • 80
    Jeannette Catsoulis The New York Times

    Giving "inspirational" a good name, Matt Ruskin's vibrant and soulful documentary The Hip Hop Project sets its universal message to an inner-city beat. show more

  • May 22, 2008 triniformulany
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    Ihave nothing but respect for all these folks who took the journey of these young people going through their hard times and seeing their transformation as far as the film takes them. I hope that many other youths are touched by this "Project" and are inspired to take moves in a postitive Dircetion. Members that they did not go in depth about such as Live Wire owning his own record label "The Formula Inc." because he came out of The Hip Ho Project. They say teh youth of today are lost and Hip Hop is dead, this film begs to differ!

  • May 22, 2008 GENERAL2003
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