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ATL (2006)

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62

Average Rating: 5.9/10
Reviews Counted: 85
Fresh: 53 | Rotten: 32

Strong lead performances and catchy musical interludes rescue this coming-of-age story from its formulaic script and uneven direction.

58

Average Rating: 5.7/10
Critic Reviews: 33
Fresh: 19 | Rotten: 14

Strong lead performances and catchy musical interludes rescue this coming-of-age story from its formulaic script and uneven direction.

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A tightly knit group of working-class Atlanta teens spend their time bonding over hip-hop and roller skating while pondering life after high school in director Chris Robinson's coming-of-age comedy drama that draws inspirations from the real-life childhoods of Dallas Austin and Tionne Watkins. For a kid growing up on the south side of Atlanta, the Cascade roller-skating rink is the place to be seen, and it's the place where the orphaned high school senior Rashad (Tip Harris) and his little

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Tina Gordon Chism

Jul 18, 2006

$21.2M

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All Critics (89) | Top Critics (34) | Fresh (53) | Rotten (32) | DVD (12)

Too predictable.

April 3, 2006 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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It's something akin to the earlier films of Spike Lee -- She's Gotta Have It and Crooklyn come to mind -- in that the characters are cherished for their human qualities, not for how well they swagger onto the screen.

March 31, 2006 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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Warner Bros.' low-budget stab at capturing an urban niche audience is higher on stylistic dazzle than originality or coherence, making it an unlikely candidate to bust out of the box office ghetto.

March 31, 2006 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
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For a run-of-the-mill hip-hop drama, ATL has some engaging hooks that set it apart from the predictable formula of urban youth struggling to steer clear of crime and pull themselves up to a better life.

March 31, 2006 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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The film's special appeal is that while the boys are poor and black, their stories transcend race and socio-economic matters.

March 31, 2006 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Making his feature-film debut, music-video director Chris Robinson expertly choreographs the skating sequences, which are exhilarating fun.

March 31, 2006
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Amateur camera work and conspicuous plotting reduce the film's regional sensibilities to sleep-inducing pap.

April 20, 2009 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com
ColeSmithey.com

A tip of the cap to Tip Harris and Lauren London for it is their chemistry and charm which allows one to believe in their tenderhearted romance in an atmosphere where women are regarded as objects and affectionately called 'bitches' and 'hos.'

February 20, 2007 Full Review Source: AALBC.com
AALBC.com

A well-meaning and good-hearted urban melodrama -- that doesn't really seem to have anything new to say.

July 25, 2006 Full Review Source: DVD Clinic
DVD Clinic

I liked ATL for its music and for its all-around good intentions and general amiability. But....

July 20, 2006 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

A contradictory approach ultimately muddles the film despite some heartfelt and evocative moments about youngsters growing up on the streets of Atlanta.

June 12, 2006 Full Review
Denton Record Chronicle (TX)

The film that proves that all life's problems can be solved with a montage.

June 3, 2006 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

... a surprisingly strong coming-of-age movie with a great young cast. It pops with color and humor and pays attention to the details that situate it in a real location ...

May 15, 2006 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Director Chris Robinson maintains a light touch, giving the colorful, energetic skating scenes the benefit of his music-video roots, but he doesn't neglect character, drawing sincere performances from his young cast.

May 12, 2006 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

A light urban coming-of-age dramedy where the veneer may be darkly intriguing, but the finish is pure homily, of the sort where lessons are learned and dreams do come true.

May 6, 2006 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

having solidly entertained for most of its running time, goes out in a blaze of cliche

April 29, 2006 Full Review Source: Los Angeles CityBeat

As clich?mount, realism and make-believe jostle against one another more discordantly.

April 14, 2006 Full Review Source: Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)

ATL is a likable film with an affirmative and hopeful message about the fate of its main players.

April 13, 2006 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

One cannot ignore or discount that Robinson is not only trying to tell a conventional tale unconventionally, but he is also attempting to put Atlanta on the map of cinematic city characters.

April 11, 2006 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Robinson's film is a cut above the rest, seeming simultaneously wise beyond its years and electrically, youthfully playful.

April 8, 2006 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Accentuates the positive

April 6, 2006 Full Review
jackiekcooper.com

...a relief from the cynical, slickly packaged teen movies that have been flooding the market.

April 5, 2006 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

...refreshing without going all goody two-shoe, its four friends and their ties to Atlanta not unlike the bunch of guys in Barry Levinson's Baltimore Diner.

April 3, 2006 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

Here's the kind of movie that filmmakers should develop more often: It's an urban movie about teen-agers FOR teen-agers. And I hope that teen-agers and adults from all walks of life see "ATL," because it's both gritty and good-hearted.

April 3, 2006 Full Review
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

ATL This is kind of film that sends all the politically correct signals to its target audience, and does it rather well.

April 2, 2006 Full Review Source: Entertainment Insiders
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Audience Reviews for ATL

A New American Story

The movie was good and it had it's good moments. The story is not that great but decent enough. The acting was so-so from everyone, still entertaining and it pass really quickly. The attitudes, style and environment puts you right on the streets down south and that's why it was good.

A tightly knit group of working-class Atlanta teens spend their time bonding over hip-hop and roller skating while pondering life after high school in director Chris Robinson's coming-of-age comedy drama that draws inspirations from the real-life childhoods of Dallas Austin and Tionne Watkins. For a kid growing up on the south side of Atlanta, the Cascade roller-skating rink is the place to be seen, and it's the place where the orphaned high school senior Rashad (Tip Harris) and his little brother Ant (Evan Ross) go every weekend to forget their financial troubles, hang with their friends and get their groove on. But outside the rink, the brothers have problems they can't avoid: Ant is being recruited into the posse of charismatic drug dealer Marcus (Outkast's Antwan Andre Patton, aka Big Boi). Meanwhile, Rashad's three best friends -- including the ambitious Esquire (Jackie Long) -- are pulling him in different directions, and his new girlfriend New-New (Lauren London) may not be as "street" as she seems. As Rashad tries to hold on to his little brother, he also comes to the realization that if he's ever going to make something of himself, he's going to have to step out of his skates and into the real world.
June 18, 2011
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Manu Gino

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The movie is okay, as it tells the story of life through the eyes of some ATL hood residents.
It's entertaining to see the differences between neighborhoods, and follow the life of the people in the movie - but the movie seemed to forget a moral? You can make up your own, but there really was just no major point in it.
It started strong, then kept going and going until an end where it ended up just the same as the beginning? Maybe, "Apperciate what you have, it could be all you ever will have".

Fun to watch, but obvious loss potential makes you wonder what it could of been.
April 29, 2008
bhobbs1985

Super Reviewer

I didn't know rollerskating had such a big influence on Atlanta.
TI shows great potential, Big Boi puts on the best performance.
March 2, 2008
Chiefilms
Lenny Muggsy

Super Reviewer

Its All Good ^_^
September 21, 2007
EightThirty

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