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We Are Freestyle Love Supreme (2020)

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Critic Consensus: Whether you're a newcomer to the group or a longtime fan, We Are Freestyle Love Supreme pays entertaining tribute to an electrifying artform.

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Well before the world knew of the Tony award-winning Broadway musicals Hamilton and In The Heights, Lin-Manuel Miranda was in an improvisational hip-hop group called Freestyle Love Supreme along with director Thomas Kail and performers Christopher Jackson and Anthony Veneziale. Filmmaker Andrew Fried began chronicling the group in the summer of 2005, documenting the early days of Freestyle Love Supreme beatboxing and rapping on the sidewalks--unaware of how their story would unfold. Fourteen years later, Fried captures them reuniting for a series of shows in New York City that led to a triumphant run on Broadway. Both poignant and inspired, We Are Freestyle Love Supreme recalls the creative dreams of youth and why this show still means so much to these accomplished performers.

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All Critics (21) | Top Critics (9)

Veneziale is a nimble and responsive interface between audience and group. While Miranda's verbal dexterity is well known, Utkarsh Ambudkar is right there with him and brings a staggering rhythmic gift to his flows.

July 17, 2020 | Full Review…

This is a disappointingly insubstantial documentary about a significant creative phenomenon that plays as a minor cog in the Lin-Manuel Miranda hype machine.

July 17, 2020 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
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Watching a movie that's so at peace with its own infinitesimal stakes, we really only feel robbed of seeing anything below the surface in the rare instances when Fried acknowledges trouble in the water.

July 16, 2020 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

We Are Freestyle Love Supreme has an exuberant theater-kid earnestness that will either prove endearing or grating depending on how you feel about backstage warm-up games and spontaneous sidewalk performances.

June 6, 2020 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Does the viewer care about the evolution, mechanics and process of free-style rapping? Perhaps not, but it's hard not to be impressed, if not awed, by the spontaneous invention exhibited.

June 4, 2020

Although it might overestimate the audience's knowledge of this particular improv group, it is somewhat extraordinary just how formative it was and how fond they still are of those early days.

June 4, 2020 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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