88

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) and, most importantly, story-conscious editing elevates the doc above the norm.
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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 that's not to be forgotten.
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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.
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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 more honest band biopics in recent years.
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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 eventually gets at the eccentricity of both the music and the movie.
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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

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.
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76 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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