• Released
  • November 4, 1999
  • R , 1 hr 39 min
  • Drama
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Light It Up Synopsis
Teens hold a wounded police officer (Forest Whitaker) hostage.
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75

Chicago Tribune

By Barbara Shulgasser
This is a good-hearted movie that unfortunately is wildly implausible and makes no sense.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

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Heartbreaking and sometimes dazzlingly effective, the film still has flaws -- most of them in a too-often-maudlin script.
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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.
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75

Miami Herald

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The protagonists of Light It Up seem strangely tender and vulnerable, and the movie, if heavy-handed at times, does a remarkable job of...
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75

USA Today

By Staff [Not Credited]
A tough little hostage thriller with crackling dialogue, surprising intelligence and an emotional wallop.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
At all times, the audience believes that it's watching something that really could happen.
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63

Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
Light It Up isn't a great movie, but it's a cut above most so-called urban thrillers.
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63

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
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...
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23

Mr. Showbiz

By Michael Atkinson
A shovelful of silly manure from the get-go.
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0

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
As an actor, Raymond is whiny and annoying, but not nearly so much as the film.
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Rated R | For Language and Violent Content