(2001)

Critic Reviews

77

Metascore

Based on 23 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
90
The miracle here is not so much that Pray captures the DJs in peak form, but that he comprehensively captures SO MANY of them.
80
Washington Post
Engrossing and infectiously enthusiastic documentary.
80
Throughout, the notion that hip-hop is much more than rapping is a persistent theme, and anyone seeking a solid introduction -- or re-introduction -- to that ever vibrant culture shouldn't miss it.
75
Miami Herald
Mesmerizing.
75
Boston Globe
An illuminating and entertaining study of an underground culture that has become part of the American mainstream.
75
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
This engaging documentary is an excursion into the immense "art" form of hip-hop.
70
New York Magazine (Vulture)
A loose-limbed documentary about the hip-hop D.J. scene that, for know-nothings like me, is highly informative without being in the least academic.
70
Village Voice
Scratch's strongest moments are the live performance sequences, where hip-hop becomes an ultra-rhythmic spiritual experience, with roots in West African trance ritual and South Bronx gang solidarity.
63
New York Post
Pray will force you to look at the music as more than just gobbledygook created by musical-bower birds who can't spell.
60
Chicago Reader
A standard mix of performances, interviews, and gimmickry -- the image and sound sometimes loop or jump in a tiresomely literal attempt to translate the techniques of scratching and "beat juggling" into cinema.

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