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Dogtown and Z-Boys Reviews

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James Plath
Movie Metropolis

Raw, baby, raw. That's what this documentary is, and that's why it's not meant for Blu-ray.

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 7/10

February 26, 2012
Kelly Kessler
Common Sense Media

Before Tony Hawk, skateboarding had the Z-Boys.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 4/5

January 2, 2011
Cole Smithey

Skateboard-legend-turned-filmmaker Stacy Peralta rips open the paradigm of the documentary form in much the same way that he and his young Santa Monica Zephyr Competition Skate Team revolutionized skateboarding in the mid-'70s.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: A+

July 1, 2010


Marred by a self-importance and heavy-handed assertion of mythic status that some may well find misplaced or just downright ridiculous.

Full Review Source: Film4 | Original Score: 3/5

August 1, 2008
David Ansen
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You want to know more about their private lives than you get. But most viewers may be too stoked by the sheer adrenaline rush of the subject to care.

Full Review Source: Newsweek

November 1, 2007
Dennis Harvey
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Package is lively, if loosely structured.

Full Review Source: Variety

April 2, 2007
Meredith Brody
Chicago Reader
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This propulsive, highly satisfying 2002 documentary concerns a group of daredevil skateboarders from an economically depressed and dangerous area of Santa Monica known as Dogtown who reinvented the sport in the 70s.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

April 2, 2007
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

I know exactly nothing about skateboarding, but this wild, exuberant documentary puts it all in perspective, outlining a crew of 12 surfers-turned-skaters who pioneered the sport -- and, some say, the art form.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 3.5/4

May 26, 2006

Time Out
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Infectiously exuberant.

Full Review Source: Time Out

January 26, 2006
Martin Scribbs
Low IQ Canadian

Using the Zephyr team's creation, its sudden fame, and death by defection, Dogtown documents genuine 20th century tribalism.

Full Review Source: Low IQ Canadian

June 13, 2004
Susan Tavernetti
Palo Alto Weekly

The straight cuts illustrate how the Zephyr team's revolutionary, riffing style was both an extension of surfing and aesthetically beautiful.

| Original Score: 3.5/4

May 20, 2003
David Poland
Hot Button

There is something I find deeply disturbing about a documentary made about one's own life that never acknowledges its first person status.

Full Review Source: Hot Button

January 7, 2003
Adam Smith
Empire Magazine

Quite possibly the best documentary about youth and sport since Hoop Dreams.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 5/5

December 23, 2002
Rich Cline
Film Threat

The film fearlessly gets under the skin of the people involved ... This makes it not only a detailed historical document, but an engaging and moving portrait of a subculture.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 3.5/5

December 8, 2002
Tim Sanger
Film Threat

It's an entertaining study for anyone, as it makes you believe that skateboarding is the ultimate guerilla sport -- taking something that exists and is shrugged off and turning it into something amazing.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 4/5

December 8, 2002
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

An enthusiastic ode to a few of the pioneers of extreme sports.

Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope | Original Score: B

November 6, 2002
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan

An affectionate look back at those heady days.

Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan

October 21, 2002
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer

Despite its lack of perspective on history or the evolution of the sport, Dogtown and Z-Boys does what documentaries do best: It makes even viewers who have never touched a skateboard feel a part of the action.

Full Review Source: Cincinnati Enquirer | Original Score: 3/4

October 15, 2002
Mark Halverson
Sacramento News & Review

It also paints a vivid portrait of a place, time and tribal gathering where environment, attitude, innovation, athleticism and emphasis on style spawned an accidental revolution of sorts.

Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 4/5

October 10, 2002
Scott Weinberg

Dogtown and Z-Boys does precisely what a documentary movie should do: it makes its subject fascinating whether you actually give a damn or not.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 4.5/5

August 25, 2002
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