Paranoid Park Reviews

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Hank Sartin
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Melissa Anderson
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jeffrey Chen
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
June 23, 2010
In Paranoid Park, not much actually happens and yet one teenager's mind is filled with far more than enough to ponder for a long time.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
August 27, 2009
The teenager's impressionistic headspace is his canvas, layered like a Keats poem and scored like an iPod
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
October 18, 2008
It's breathtaking, heartbreaking, tragic, gorgeous, and true all at the same time.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
James Verniere
Boston Herald
October 18, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: A
Jonathan Kiefer
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
It's a movie worth seeing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
July 16, 2008
[An] intriguing, mind-altering skateboard elegy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Rossiter Drake
San Francisco Examiner
May 29, 2008
In a film where dialogue comes at a premium, Van Sant allows his camera to do the talking, and when it rests too long on one subject, the commentary feels like overstatement. Elsewhere, 'Paranoid Park' is eloquent in its terseness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jason Anderson
CBC.ca Arts
May 20, 2008
Paranoid Park proves that growing up is often very hard to do -- but it's also a potent reminder that these teens deserve our respect and sympathy for their often imperfect efforts to do just that.
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
May 9, 2008
I don't know what's more surprising: that director Gus Van Sant has made yet another movie about the lives of disaffected Portland teenagers, or that he's pulled it off one more time with "Paranoid Park."
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
April 27, 2008
Very stylish.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Regina Hackett
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
April 21, 2008
It may not score with a mass audience, but in museums and art centers around the world, it will always be in rotation.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
April 17, 2008
That there's nothing definitive to wrap your arms around is frustrating. And intriguing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
April 11, 2008
Paranoid Park is different, in that it also has a narrative -- a mystery, in fact -- that gives it a dramatic tension Van Sant's recent films have lacked.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
April 11, 2008
At times the movie approaches a purely cinematic form as the simple narrative hitches and winds around itself and the soundtrack... hums along
Full Review | Original Score: 85/100
Rick Kisonak
Film Threat
April 8, 2008
The disaffected kids who shuffle through its universe have nothing to say, nothing to tell us. I'm not sure the movie has a whole lot more.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
March 28, 2008
Paranoid Park, Gus Van Sant's mesmerizing new movie, melds the dreamy languor of his last few films with a page-turner of a plot.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
March 28, 2008
All this will be way too arty for most viewers. But those willing to take a chance will find unexpected if hard-to-describe pleasures.
Beth Accomando
KPBS.org
March 26, 2008
If you are planning to shoot a visual poem, there is no one better to have on hand than cinematographer Christopher Doyle. Doyle knows how to find seduction and romance anywhere.
| Original Score: 6/10
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 18, 2008
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
October 18, 2008
This less-than-involving, skateboarding-culture thriller is still not likely to go over well with any audiences outside of the already receptive, art-house crowd.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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