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Stoked: The Rise and Fall of Gator (2002)

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79

Average Rating: 6.6/10
Reviews Counted: 47
Fresh: 37 | Rotten: 10

The harder they come, the harder they fall -- this film shows, in raw, gripping detail, that even skater dudes can't resist the life of the rich and famous. It's more poignant than hard-core, and gives us a portrait of a life run over by the whims of the entertainment industry.

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Average Rating: 6.6/10
Critic Reviews: 21
Fresh: 17 | Rotten: 4

The harder they come, the harder they fall -- this film shows, in raw, gripping detail, that even skater dudes can't resist the life of the rich and famous. It's more poignant than hard-core, and gives us a portrait of a life run over by the whims of the entertainment industry.

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As a teenager growing up in the mid-'70s, Mark "Gator" Rogowski became a passionate skateboarder. With time, he became quite good on a deck and, by the early '80s, his skills on the vertical ramp, combined with his cocky charm and surfer-dude good looks, helped to make him one of the top professionals on the skating circuit. Between endorsement deals and performance fees, he was earning more than a hundred-thousand dollars per year by the time he was 18. Not surprisingly, Rogowski soon found

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Documentary, Drama, Sports & Fitness

Helen Stickler

Feb 17, 2004

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It's fascinating to see the process by which skateboarding, in all its concrete grittiness, was transformed into a mainstream activity of consumer cool.

August 6, 2008 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly
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An exhilarating and terrifying journey through youth-culture hell.

August 6, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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Thoroughly compelling documentary.

August 20, 2004 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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The movie fails to pull off all its trick moves.

August 20, 2004 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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Offers a fascinating look into the skater's tumble from grace, as well as chronicling the renaissance of his rebel sport.

November 6, 2003
Arizona Republic
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Even when sketched in broad terms, Rogowski's downward spiral makes for compelling viewing, and to her credit, director Stickler never romanticizes her subject.

October 9, 2003 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
Miami Herald
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A decent enough documentary albeit one about an appalling person.

August 6, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

A near-perfect time capsule of a specific moment in our culture, and a telling analysis of instant celebrity and the fickleness of youth culture.

October 26, 2007 Full Review Source: All Movie Guide
All Movie Guide

Unforgettable.

February 20, 2007
ColeSmithey.com

Stoked gives a young woman's rape and murder almost no narrative weight -- it is merely the disappointing spoiler to a talented skateboarder's career.

September 1, 2004

Despite doing a fine job telling this trajectory skateboarder bio, Stickler's tale lacked an edge and the power to make this story stick in the ribs.

August 5, 2004 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

You can see why Stickler was drawn to the charismatic Gator, but his story is so extreme (he is serving life for murder) that it effectively unbalances the project.

July 3, 2004 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Consistently throughout the film, Stickler skates right over the crux of the matter.

June 22, 2004 Full Review Source: BBC

Unlike Stacy Peralta's romantically nostalgic '70s skate-umentary Dogtown & Z Boys, Stickler delves into the dirty details, even showing the decomposed remains of his victim.

April 1, 2004 Full Review Source: Las Vegas CityLife

Tells a fascinating and very sad story ... and gives us lots of cool skateboard action along the way

March 22, 2004 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

Picks up the history of skateboarding where Stacy Peralta's Dogtown and Z-Boys leaves off.

December 26, 2003 Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake Tribune

Stickler has to be resourceful to tell this tale, and her storytelling methods are competent.

December 26, 2003 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

A fascinating study of the '80s not merely captivated by leg warmers and shoulder pads, but by the tenor of our cultural obsessions at the time.

December 15, 2003 Full Review Source: FilmStew.com

Packed to the rafters with fine old competition footage and clips from Vision's wildly popular skateboarding videos, but it's Gator's imprisoned voice ... that lends the film its most tragic overtones.

November 23, 2003 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Engrossing and unusual.

November 21, 2003 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

[Stickler] does such a fine job of depicting the skill and thrill of skateboarding, she also helps us understand that Gator's downfall really came about because he hit the top of his sport at the exact moment it was about to change into something else.

November 14, 2003 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Audience Reviews for Stoked: The Rise and Fall of Gator

Gator the rise and fall of Gator is just one of those documentaries that even if you arent into the subject matter will keep your fall attention from the first shot to the last this documentary follows the story of 80's vert skater Mark *gator* Rogowski who let fame and drugs spiral his life out of control untill the fateful day when he was convicted of murdering his a girl he knew of course as with most documentary's ull see interviews by the people that knew him and stuff from gator himself really worth a watch
June 26, 2010
silentbob66

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The synopsis says it all: The rise and fall of 80's vert skateboard legend Mark 'Gator' Rogowski.
July 14, 2008
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