ATL

ATL

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ATL Reviews

Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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Too predictable.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

April 3, 2006

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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April 1, 2006
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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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.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/4

March 31, 2006
Justin Chang
Variety
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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.

Full Review Source: Variety

March 31, 2006
Ted Fry
Seattle Times
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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.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

March 31, 2006
Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
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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.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

March 31, 2006
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Making his feature-film debut, music-video director Chris Robinson expertly choreographs the skating sequences, which are exhilarating fun.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

March 31, 2006
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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Really, ATL -- like last year's Roll Bounce -- is about roller skating.

March 31, 2006
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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The second half is clumsier than the first, and you get the impression that the studio rushed to cut things that hadn't worked in last fall's kids-skating flop and play up the Boyz aspects of the routine moral-dilemma plot.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 2/4

March 31, 2006
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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A good message isn't enough to justify a $10 ticket. You also need a good movie.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2/4

March 31, 2006
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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A thoroughly convincing portrait of black teens in Atlanta, ATL has the same broad range of laughs and fears as Fast Times at Ridgemont High.

| Original Score: 3/4

March 31, 2006
Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
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It feels like a real window on the lives of disenfranchised youths -- these are in South Atlanta -- as they make their way in a society that doesn't cut them any breaks.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/4

March 31, 2006
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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Buoyed by a superlative soundtrack, ATL plays a familiar song about growing up, but hits notes that sound brand new.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 3/4

March 31, 2006
Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
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A mellow and engrossing coming-of-age film about a young crew on the south side of Atlanta.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 31, 2006
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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The movie is directed by a prominent video director, Chris Robinson (Jay-Z, Alicia Keys) and, no surprise, it feels less like a conventional movie than a video compilation of flashy scenes, montages and sound-track opportunities.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 31, 2006
Tom Long
Detroit News
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ATL starts out somewhat fresh, but then turns slowly stale as its story of African-American kids in Atlanta takes on more and more of the standard elements of growing up in the hood movies.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: C-

March 31, 2006
John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
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ATL may fail to wow on the skate floor, but it still makes decent melodrama.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 3/4

March 31, 2006
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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ATL may not have much appeal outside a youth audience, but it deserves credit for looking beyond contests toward the looming difficulties of adulthood.

| Original Score: B-

March 31, 2006
Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
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ATL has more room for nuance than most films unfairly lumped under the black-movie label.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: B

March 31, 2006
James Parker
Boston Globe
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ATL is one of those filmic byproducts (in this case, a promotional vehicle for the rapper Tip Harris, a.k.a. T.I.) that somehow manage to emerge from the mill of commerce with their modesty preserved.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 31, 2006
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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Several good ideas for a movie rumble around inside ATL, but they never coalesce.

March 31, 2006
Kerry Lengel
Arizona Republic
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Despite an occasional whiff of cheese, it's mostly a fresh, funny, coming-of-age story that feels authentic.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 3.5/5

March 30, 2006
Teresa Wiltz
Washington Post
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Notwithstanding the melodrama and the often ham-handed directing, ATL somehow works.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

March 30, 2006
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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No, ATL isn't a drug movie, and it doesn't send its characters on a harrowing journey into danger. It's a film about growing up and working, about falling in love, about planning for your future, and about the importance of friends.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

March 30, 2006
Neil Genzlinger
New York Times
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A couple of rap stars make respectable starts on acting careers in this tale of black teenagers in Atlanta, despite a script marred by cliches and predictability.

| Original Score: 2.5/5

March 30, 2006
John Anderson
Newsday
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There's a lot that's right about ATL, the debut directing effort of music-video maker Chris Robinson. But the things that are wrong are simply fatal.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2/4

March 30, 2006
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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An easygoing, likable coming-of-age movie about black Georgia high schoolers, ATL is a veritable La-Z-Boy recliner of a movie.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

March 30, 2006
Allison Benedikt
Chicago Tribune
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Like most media these days, ATL feels like the product of video-on-demand-era focus groups, which means that it's entertaining, but not smart.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 30, 2006
Bob Longino
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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ATL is not interesting. Nor compelling. Nor lively. Nor always comprehensible.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: C-

March 30, 2006
Tim Grierson
L.A. Weekly
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Eventually, Hollywood plot machinations rear their ugly heads, dictating a generic Romeo-and-Juliet love story and an even staler cautionary tale about the evils of drugs that completely stifle the film's laid-back appeal.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

March 30, 2006
Scott Tobias
AV Club
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Whenever anything happens to move the story along, it immediately loses its laid-back Southern charm.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: C+

March 30, 2006
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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Really, all we wanna do is skate, skate, skate.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B-

March 29, 2006
Peter L'Official
Village Voice
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It unpretentiously serves class consciousness and conflict with its Cadillac music, attempting to capture -- not capitalize on -- the Atlanta scene that's spawned an aesthetic and a mythology all its own.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

March 28, 2006
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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An engaging experience.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

March 28, 2006
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