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Lords of Dogtown Reviews

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 3, 2005
Not only is there no need for this movie, but its weaknesses underline the strength of [Dogtown and the Z-Boys].
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
May 26, 2005
Lords of Dogtown will have limited interest for those who exist outside of the skateboarding community.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
June 2, 2005
Lords of Dogtown is probably the best movie this year I can't recommend.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Bob Grimm
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Brian Orndorf
FilmJerk.com
June 3, 2005
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 | Original Score: D-
Kit Bowen
Hollywood.com
June 3, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Rebecca Murray
About.com
June 1, 2005
...makes the sport seem about as much fun as having your toenails ripped off one by one.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
June 3, 2005
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
Mike Ward
Richmond.com
June 3, 2005
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.
Willie Waffle
WaffleMovies.com
June 2, 2005
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 | Original Score: 1.5/4
Rob Blackwelder
SPLICEDWire
June 2, 2005
...doesn't have half the spontaneity and maverick spirit of the vivid, kinetic, crowd-pleasing documentary that inspired it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Erik Childress
eFilmCritic.com
June 2, 2005
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 | Original Score: 1/4
Susan Granger
Modamag.com
June 3, 2005
A secondary, rags-to-riches melodrama that pales in comparison with 'Dogtown and the Z-Boys.'
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
June 3, 2005
Lords of Dogtown is nothing more than a steaming pile of dog crap.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/5
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Robert Koehler
Variety
May 31, 2005
Superficial and disconcertingly conventional.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 2, 2005
The film doesn't hold together in any compelling way.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
June 3, 2005
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 | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
June 3, 2005
Lords of Dogtown is one of those films that makes everyone who is not a citizen of the realm feel hopelessly disconnected.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
June 3, 2005
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 | Original Score: 1.5/4
June 3, 2005
You either like the energy and skateboarding or it will be Dogs of Lordtown.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
August 16, 2007
David Edwards
Daily Mirror (UK)
September 16, 2005
Paul Myers
Georgia Straight
June 5, 2005
Don R. Lewis
Soundwaves Cinema
July 21, 2005
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AV Club
June 2, 2005

ComingSoon.net
June 4, 2005

Boston Phoenix
June 4, 2005

Premiere Magazine
June 14, 2005
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
July 5, 2005

Sydney Morning Herald
August 26, 2005

Film Ireland Magazine
September 16, 2005

BBC.com
September 24, 2005
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
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