Dogtown and Z-Boys Reviews

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James Plath
Movie Metropolis
February 26, 2012
Raw, baby, raw. That's what this documentary is, and that's why it's not meant for Blu-ray.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Kelly Kessler
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
Before Tony Hawk, skateboarding had the Z-Boys.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
July 1, 2010
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 | Original Score: A+

Film4
August 1, 2008
Marred by a self-importance and heavy-handed assertion of mythic status that some may well find misplaced or just downright ridiculous.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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David Ansen
Newsweek
November 1, 2007
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.
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Dennis Harvey
Variety
April 2, 2007
Package is lively, if loosely structured.
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Meredith Brody
Chicago Reader
April 2, 2007
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.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
Infectiously exuberant.
Martin Scribbs
Low IQ Canadian
June 13, 2004
Using the Zephyr team's creation, its sudden fame, and death by defection, Dogtown documents genuine 20th century tribalism.
Susan Tavernetti
Palo Alto Weekly
May 20, 2003
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
David Poland
Hot Button
January 7, 2003
There is something I find deeply disturbing about a documentary made about one's own life that never acknowledges its first person status.
Adam Smith
Empire Magazine
December 23, 2002
Quite possibly the best documentary about youth and sport since Hoop Dreams.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Rich Cline
Film Threat
December 8, 2002
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 | Original Score: 3.5/5
Tim Sanger
Film Threat
December 8, 2002
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 | Original Score: 4/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
November 6, 2002
An enthusiastic ode to a few of the pioneers of extreme sports.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
October 21, 2002
An affectionate look back at those heady days.
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Mark Halverson
Sacramento News & Review
October 10, 2002
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 | Original Score: 4/5
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
August 25, 2002
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 | Original Score: 4.5/5
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