• PG-13, 1 hr. 38 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Anthony Burns
    In Theaters:
    May 13, 2011 Limited
    On DVD:
    Aug 30, 2011
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Skateland Reviews

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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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A film with some engaging performances and a swell soundtrack whose biggest problem is that it wants to be "Dazed and Confused" when it grows up.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 3/5

June 16, 2011
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle

Skateland is dedicated to the late teen film icon John Hughes. I think he'd pretty proud.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 3/5

May 20, 2011
Pete Hammond
Back Stage

The performances in Skateland will serve as early evidence of the actors' supreme talent.

Full Review Source: Back Stage

May 16, 2011
Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
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Anthony Burns's sweetly nostalgic re-creation of small-town Texas in the early 1980s.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

May 12, 2011
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
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Manages to offer a particularly affecting, well-observed portrait of young people coming of age in an east Texas town in the 1980s.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3/5

May 12, 2011
Robert Levin
amNewYork

This is familiar narrative terrain, of course. But it's affectionately re-worked in Burns' atmospheric rendition.

Full Review Source: amNewYork | Original Score: 3/4

May 12, 2011
Michelle Orange
Movieline

Burns handles the more dramatic moments - divorce, accidental death, betrayal - with invention, using abrupt cuts and impressionistic editing to keep the film from settling into a rut.

Full Review Source: Movieline | Original Score: 7.5/10

May 12, 2011
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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The film hinges on too many conventional crises (a car accident, a divorce), but the fact that Burns is better at atmosphere than story isn't all bad.

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

May 11, 2011
Dustin Putman
DustinPutman.com

Paints a detailed, believable glimpse of the 1980s and has an impressively extensive soundtrack of decade-specific tunes to go with it.

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

May 10, 2011
Steve Ramos
Boxoffice Magazine

Burns, a former journalist and screenwriter, and cameraman Peter Simonite make great use of the film's East Texas setting. Skateland may be produced with limited resources, but Burns captures the look and spirit of the times with perfect detail.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 4/5

March 15, 2011
Amy Curtis
We Got This Covered

A mundane and tired story that lacks depth doesn't exactly make Skateland an exciting or even enjoyable film.

Full Review Source: We Got This Covered | Original Score: 5/10

March 13, 2013
Eric Melin
Scene-Stealers.com

It treads well-worn territory. Shiloh Fernandez is pretty inert in the lead role and Ashley Greene doesn't have that much to do.

Full Review Source: Scene-Stealers.com | Original Score: 1.5/4

October 27, 2011
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly

Burns rebuilds the vibe a bit toward the end, but by that time the clumsy drama has overshadowed the mellow atmosphere. It's a total bummer.

Full Review Source: Las Vegas Weekly | Original Score: 2.5/5

June 4, 2011
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Common Sense Media

The movie tries to capture the mood of a time and place, but instead the scenes feel arbitrary and sometimes even pointless.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 2/5

June 3, 2011
Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
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Like so many other films set in the Reagan era, Anthony Burns' directorial debut fails to acknowledge the lingering and pervasive angst that shaped anyone growing up in the late Cold War.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

May 20, 2011
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion

Buoyed by Fernandez's nicely shaded turn...but ultimately it coasts along according to such predictable beats that it seems prefabricated.

Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion | Original Score: C

May 20, 2011
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
Ebert Presents At The Movies

You get no real sense of this place.

Full Review Source: Ebert Presents At The Movies

May 16, 2011
David Noh
Film Journal International

The filmmakers seem to want to look back at the 1980s and weep, and you may feel the same way, having wasted your time watching this.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

May 13, 2011
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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Indifferently acted, written and directed, the oft soporific "Skateland" is beautifully photographed and boasts a greatest-hits soundtrack, as well as some spot-on art direction.

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

May 13, 2011
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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Though noticeably lacking in originality, Anthony Burns' low-key directorial debut skates by on the charms of its hazy wistfulness and a likable cast.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/5

May 13, 2011
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