Lords of Dogtown Reviews

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Joshua Starnes
ComingSoon.net
March 29, 2011
Lords of Dogtown is an interesting look at the start of an ever increasingly more popular part of American youth culture, but often settles for surface gloss instead of introspection.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
April 15, 2009
As the three friends separate via commercial successes afforded them, "Lords Of Dogtown" becomes a distinctly youthful American anecdote about the nature of friendship and success.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
August 13, 2007
You don't have to care much about skateboarding (I really don't) to find the movie exhilarating and engaging.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Prairie Miller
Long Island Press
April 19, 2007
Dogtown's testosterone fueled, deeply and sadly affectionate excursion into the contact highs and lows of male adolescence, gets it just right and more.
Ethan Alter
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
A modestly entertaining movie, thanks largely to the efforts of director Catherine Hardwicke and the three leads.
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
September 26, 2005
...a thoroughly dull piece of work.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
September 24, 2005
The three leads are superb, with Hirsch probably the stand-out - he and Rasuk do particularly well to suggest more than the script's rather one-note characterisation allows.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
August 30, 2005
I found the never-ending circle of skates, booze, drugs and girls rather repetitive and boring, but skate-board fanatics will lap up every intense moment
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
August 30, 2005
Director Catherine Hardwicke grew up in the area where the Zephyr team lived and she gets the look and feel of it just right.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
July 28, 2005
Despite the usual difficulty of people scripting their own stories, the film has an energetic fighting spirit.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jamie Gillies
Apollo Guide
July 6, 2005
Directed with skill and assuredness by Catherine Hardwicke.
Full Review | Original Score: 74/100
Randy Shulman
Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)
June 30, 2005
A celebratory experience, paying homage to those who, out of a lack of anything better to do,...created an outright phenomenon.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Linda Cook
KWQC-TV (Iowa)
June 27, 2005
You don't need to know a grind from an ollie to appreciate "The Lords of Dogtown," the story of the birth of modern skateboarding culture.
| Original Score: 3/4
Luke Y. Thompson
Los Angeles CityBeat
June 27, 2005
As exciting as the movie is, it stalls its way to an abrupt ending and feels like it's all been just the set-up, an origin story prepping us for an even bigger sequel.
Audrey Rock-Richardson
Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)
June 20, 2005
Hardwicke executes with the crucial street cred a movie like this needs.
| Original Score: B+
Todd Jorgenson
Denton Record-Chronicle
June 14, 2005
...evokes a strong sense of nostalgia and provides an affectionate tribute to its subjects.
Jeff Otto
IGN Movies
June 14, 2005
A pulse-pounding, high energy, rock n' rock blast!
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
June 12, 2005
part celebration of 1970s Southern California punk culture, part rise-and-fall social drama, and part cautionary tale about the perils of youth and success
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Bill Clark
FromTheBalcony
June 11, 2005
Lords Of Dogtown just may be the sleeper film of the summer.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
June 10, 2005
The movie rarely conveys the import of what these kids accomplished: As depicted here, their cultural revolution seems no more noteworthy than a day spent at the mall.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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