• Released
  • July 8, 2011
  • (Limited 7/8)
  • R , 1 hr 37 min
  • Documentary
  • 51 Fan Ratings
Synopsis: The filmmaker documents what caused the influential group to disband and stay apart.

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Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
The best material, however, keeps returning to the unstable power dynamic between Q-Tip and Dawg.
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83

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Beats is a welcome blast of '90s nostalgia, taking us back to a time - and a sound - that pulsates with optimism.
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80

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Even those who never joined the cult of A Tribe Called Quest will find this clear-eyed chronicle of their career irresistible.
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75

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Jennie Punter
A combination of timing, access, a visual aesthetic that reflects ATCQ's Afrocentric "surface philosophy" (as the crew's look is described)...
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75

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

By Kevin C. Johnson
Despite accusations of nearly succumbing to spotlighting beefs over beats, the film comes off as an honest representation of a great group...
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75

Washington Post

By
The lines are drawn early on in "Beats," which is surprisingly tense and combative given the overwhelmingly positive and playful music in...
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Hartlaub
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...
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75

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
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...
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65

NPR

By Mark Jenkins
Perhaps because he's an actor, Rapaport prefers drama to analysis. And this story has plenty of conflict.
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60

The Hollywood Reporter

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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...
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Rated R | For Language