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Dragonslayer Reviews

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Glenn Dunks

This fabulous skating documentary has echoes of Gus Van Sant with its hazy, daydreamy look at the lives of skateboarding youths.

Full Review Source: Trespass

September 8, 2013
Sarah Boslaugh

... 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 Source: Playback:stl | Original Score: 6/10

April 12, 2012
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies

Dragonslayer is an amazing window into a particular part of the culture and how we live now.

Full Review Source: Jam! Movies

December 16, 2011
Liz Braun
Toronto Sun

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.

Full Review Source: Toronto Sun

December 16, 2011
Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
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Like many good documentary filmmakers, Tristan Patterson is a talented eavesdropper who lets characters articulate overriding themes.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3/4

December 16, 2011
Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
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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 Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

November 17, 2011

Los Angeles Times
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A youth culture backdropped by the crumbling edge of California is rendered with punk rock energy and grace.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

November 10, 2011
John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
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The portrait is dispiriting overall, inspiring little affection from viewers, but feels authentic and fair.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

November 8, 2011
Robert Koehler
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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.

Full Review Source: Variety

November 8, 2011
Cindy Widner
Austin Chronicle

There are parts of Dragonslayer that look like Laguna Beach and others that look like Gummo. Either way, it's a looker.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle

November 8, 2011
Karina Longworth
Village Voice
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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.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

November 8, 2011
Christopher Campbell

Gorgeous ... see this one on the big screen if you get a chance.

Full Review Source: Cinematical | Original Score: 4/5

November 8, 2011
Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
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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 Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4/5

November 3, 2011
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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With its propulsive punk-rock soundtrack and beautifully rough cinematography, Dragonslayer makes you care about this scrawny young man, skating to nowhere.

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

November 2, 2011
Sam Adams
Time Out New York
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For a tagalong doc, Dragonslayer is remarkably well shot, with a worn-in quality that belies its digital origins.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/5

November 1, 2011
Eric Kohn

Departing from the conventions of documentary portraiture, "Dragonslayer" delivers the cinematic equivalent punk rock candy.

Full Review Source: indieWIRE

November 1, 2011
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine

Is Josh "Skreech" Sandoval the least deserving documentary subject ever?

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: .5/4

November 7, 2011
Shaun Munro
What Culture

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 Source: What Culture | Original Score: 2/5

October 15, 2011
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