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Lords of Dogtown Reviews

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Not only is there no need for this movie, but its weaknesses underline the strength of [Dogtown and the Z-Boys].

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2/4

June 3, 2005
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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Lords of Dogtown will have limited interest for those who exist outside of the skateboarding community.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2/4

May 26, 2005
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Lords of Dogtown is probably the best movie this year I can't recommend.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 2/4

June 2, 2005
Bob Grimm
Sacramento News & Review

Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 2/5

August 7, 2008
Brian Orndorf
FilmJerk.com

While there are nanoseconds where Hardwicke can make her film come together in an appealing period brew, the rest of Dogtown is one long, atrociously directed joke.

Full Review Source: FilmJerk.com | Original Score: D-

June 3, 2005
Kit Bowen
Hollywood.com

Full Review Source: Hollywood.com | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 3, 2005
Rebecca Murray
About.com

...makes the sport seem about as much fun as having your toenails ripped off one by one.

Full Review Source: About.com | Original Score: C-

June 1, 2005
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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Peralta has actually told this tale once before, and done a better job, as the director of the 2001 documentary Dogtown and Z-Boys.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

June 3, 2005
Mike Ward
Richmond.com

It's possible that the whole thing was ad libbed, with the actors dashing moments of silence with bro and stoked instead of ughm and err.

Full Review Source: Richmond.com

June 3, 2005
Willie Waffle
WaffleMovies.com

Every time you think Hardwicke is about to focus on the story, here comes another skateboarding scene. After the 5th one, I got it. They were good. Whoopee.

Full Review Source: WaffleMovies.com | Original Score: 1.5/4

June 2, 2005
Rob Blackwelder
SPLICEDWire

...doesn't have half the spontaneity and maverick spirit of the vivid, kinetic, crowd-pleasing documentary that inspired it.

Full Review Source: SPLICEDWire | Original Score: 2/4

June 2, 2005
Erik Childress
eFilmCritic.com

The perfect final image to encapsulate the film: A kid in a wheelchair, lobotomized by brain surgery, sitting in an empty pool surrounded by unlikable skateboarders.

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 1/4

June 2, 2005
Susan Granger
Modamag.com

A secondary, rags-to-riches melodrama that pales in comparison with 'Dogtown and the Z-Boys.'

Full Review Source: Modamag.com | Original Score: 5/10

June 3, 2005
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

Lords of Dogtown is nothing more than a steaming pile of dog crap.

Full Review Source: 7M Pictures | Original Score: 0/5

June 3, 2005
Robert Koehler
Variety
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Superficial and disconcertingly conventional.

Full Review Source: Variety

May 31, 2005
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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The film doesn't hold together in any compelling way.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

June 2, 2005
Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
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Peralta's script is hackneyed, Hardwicke's direction is flat, the cinematography is boring, the acting is atrocious, and the film's depictions of the '70s surfer/skateboarding culture at L.A.'s Venice Beach is scandalously cliched.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 1.5/4

June 3, 2005
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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Lords of Dogtown is one of those films that makes everyone who is not a citizen of the realm feel hopelessly disconnected.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 2/4

June 3, 2005
Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
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For someone who was there, not to mention someone who created Dogtown and Z-Boys, Peralta has crafted a script so superficial and simplistic it feels like it was tapped out by a 14-year-old fan.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 1.5/4

June 3, 2005

You either like the energy and skateboarding or it will be Dogs of Lordtown.

Full Review Source: TheMovieChicks.com | Original Score: 3/5

June 3, 2005
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
Dave Calhoun
Time Out New York
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August 16, 2007
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]
September 16, 2005
Don R. Lewis
Soundwaves Cinema
July 21, 2005

AV Club
June 2, 2005

ComingSoon.net
June 4, 2005

Boston Phoenix
June 4, 2005

Premiere Magazine
June 14, 2005

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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July 5, 2005

Sydney Morning Herald
August 26, 2005

BBC
September 24, 2005

Time Out
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June 24, 2006
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