Dragonslayer Reviews

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Glenn Dunks
Trespass
September 8, 2013
This fabulous skating documentary has echoes of Gus Van Sant with its hazy, daydreamy look at the lives of skateboarding youths.
Sarah Boslaugh
Playback:stl
April 12, 2012
... another award-winner that leaves me scratching my head. To me it's a well-executed but minor subculture film, yet it won the grand jury and cinematography prizes at South by Southwest ...
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
December 16, 2011
Dragonslayer is an amazing window into a particular part of the culture and how we live now.
Liz Braun
Toronto Sun
December 16, 2011
Dragonslayer is an amazing window into a particular part of the culture and how we live now. You'll think about Skreech -- his father's day gift for his son, his new job at a bowling alley -- for a long time after you leave the theatre.
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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
December 16, 2011
Like many good documentary filmmakers, Tristan Patterson is a talented eavesdropper who lets characters articulate overriding themes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
November 17, 2011
In following this scattered character around, "Dragonslayer" director Tristan Patterson makes a very purposeful documentary about the pessimistic worldview of the nation's youth, and what that means for the future.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Los Angeles Times
November 10, 2011
A youth culture backdropped by the crumbling edge of California is rendered with punk rock energy and grace.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
November 8, 2011
The portrait is dispiriting overall, inspiring little affection from viewers, but feels authentic and fair.
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Robert Koehler
Variety
November 8, 2011
Despite a slew of skateboarding films in recent years, each one quite distinct, Patterson's pic arguably comes closest to channeling the culture's punk vibe and youthful abandon, albeit filtered through an outsider's aesthetic.
Cindy Widner
Austin Chronicle
November 8, 2011
There are parts of Dragonslayer that look like Laguna Beach and others that look like Gummo. Either way, it's a looker.
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Karina Longworth
Village Voice
November 8, 2011
Patterson's one-of-a-kind hybrid captures a socio-historical moment with the kind of charged authenticity that only comes from a willingness to embrace contradictions: It's discursive and hypnotic, laconic and urgent.
Christopher Campbell
Cinematical
November 8, 2011
Gorgeous ... see this one on the big screen if you get a chance.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
November 7, 2011
Is Josh "Skreech" Sandoval the least deserving documentary subject ever?
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
November 3, 2011
Seamlessly dovetailing style and subject, "Dragonslayer," a poetic and affectionate portrait of the professional skateboarder Josh Sandoval, known as Skreech, vivifies a subculture of random hedonism and future myopia.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
November 2, 2011
With its propulsive punk-rock soundtrack and beautifully rough cinematography, Dragonslayer makes you care about this scrawny young man, skating to nowhere.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Sam Adams
Time Out
November 1, 2011
For a tagalong doc, Dragonslayer is remarkably well shot, with a worn-in quality that belies its digital origins.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Eric Kohn
indieWIRE
November 1, 2011
Departing from the conventions of documentary portraiture, "Dragonslayer" delivers the cinematic equivalent punk rock candy.
Shaun Munro
What Culture
October 15, 2011
Dragonslayer - which incredulously picked up the Best Documentary award at SXSW - is probably the first ever hagiography made about someone who is, without doubt, completely unremarkable. But at least at 74-minutes, it won't keep you for too long.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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