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This Ain't California Reviews

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Pamela Jahn
Electric Sheep

Whether faux found footage or not, This Ain't California is a joy ride, and not only for skateboarders or anyone else who experienced life on either side of the Berlin Wall.

Full Review Source: Electric Sheep

December 8, 2013
Jennifer Tate

A moving and energetic portrait, cushioned by a punching soundtrack, that poignantly tells the story of a carefree period in three teenage skateboarders' lives growing up in the German Democratic Republic.

Full Review Source: ViewLondon | Original Score: 5/5

December 5, 2013
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine

A fun and frothy mock-doc with a message buried in its axle.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

December 1, 2013
Emma Simmonds
Total Film

Persiel's film entertains, but the nagging sense that it's mostly a ruse limits true engagement.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 3/5

October 29, 2013
Glenn Dunks

The documentary examines how the American hip-hop movement-exposed to those of the GDR ... and in particular skateboarding and beatboxing were seen as creative outlets for the oppressed youth of the nation that had succumbed to 'grey boredom'.

Full Review Source: Trespass

September 8, 2013
CJ Johnson
ABC Radio (Australia)

Even knowing the artifice, it's an excellent and extremely enjoyable film. Indeed, knowing the artifice, it's way more impressive ... However true it isn't, it's a lovely evocation of what might have been.

Full Review Source: ABC Radio (Australia) | Original Score: 3.5/5

April 30, 2013
David Noh
Film Journal International

Prize-winning documentary paints an affecting tale of young GDR rebels on wheels, but is marred by a busy, self-conscious aesthetic approach.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

April 16, 2013
Christopher Campbell
Film School Rejects

A masterpiece of editing and re-creation resulting in one of the most enthralling stories of the year.

Full Review Source: Film School Rejects | Original Score: A

April 14, 2013
Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
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"This Ain't California" offers a vivid immersion in the hidden skateboarding culture of the former East Germany.

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

April 12, 2013
Sara Stewart
New York Post
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A trove of home videos, vintage commercial and propaganda footage and black-and-white animation dress up this energetic if somewhat unfocused look at the birth of skateboarding in the German Democratic Republic.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 12, 2013
Kevin Jagernauth
The Playlist

What the director is perhaps aiming for is a documentary of feeling rather than historical accuracy...the filmmaking is so accomplished that any potential notions of being hoodwinked can be forgiven.

Full Review Source: The Playlist | Original Score: B+

April 11, 2013
Ernest Hardy
Village Voice
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Martin Persiel's splendid "documentary" could well be subtitled "And It Ain't the Truth."

Full Review Source: Village Voice

April 9, 2013
Drew Hunt
Slant Magazine

While the film is deeply romantic and nostalgic, possessing a genuine reverence for youth and rebellion, it's also something of a tragedy.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 3/4

April 8, 2013
Peter Bradshaw

There are some intriguing concepts here, but they are muddied by the needless flights of undeclared fancy, coming close to bad faith.

Full Review Source: Guardian | Original Score: 2/5

December 5, 2013
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times

Fooling an audience should surely be done with honest and open mischief, not with sheepish postscripts from film-makers hoping we might have been hornswoggled.

Full Review Source: Financial Times | Original Score: 2/5

December 5, 2013
David Fear
Time Out New York
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It ain't bad, though all that detritus detracts from a far more interesting history lesson on repression and rebellion that's left on the periphery.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/5

April 9, 2013
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