Skateland Reviews

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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
June 16, 2011
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 | Original Score: 3/5
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
May 20, 2011
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
May 13, 2011
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 | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
May 13, 2011
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 | Original Score: 2/5
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
May 12, 2011
Anthony Burns's sweetly nostalgic re-creation of small-town Texas in the early 1980s.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
May 12, 2011
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 | Original Score: 3/5
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Alison Willmore
AV Club
May 12, 2011
Anthony Burns' directorial debut is all trappings, with very little there there, giving the mind plenty of time to wander through compare-and-contrast games. Skateland is more soundtrack than substance.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
May 12, 2011
Skateland is every coming-of-age-after-high-school movie you've ever seen with a formulaic plot and well-worn characters.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
May 11, 2011
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 | Original Score: B-
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
May 11, 2011
Fernandez looks like a young Joaquin Phoenix, and everything else here is off-brand familiar.
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
May 10, 2011
Dedicating a movie to John Hughes doesn't equal capturing the master's ear for the universality of adolescent angst.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5