ATL Reviews

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April 3, 2006
Too predictable.
March 31, 2006
It's something akin to the earlier films of Spike Lee -- She's Gotta Have It and Crooklyn come to mind -- in that the characters are cherished for their human qualities, not for how well they swagger onto the screen.
March 31, 2006
Warner Bros.' low-budget stab at capturing an urban niche audience is higher on stylistic dazzle than originality or coherence, making it an unlikely candidate to bust out of the box office ghetto.
March 31, 2006
For a run-of-the-mill hip-hop drama, ATL has some engaging hooks that set it apart from the predictable formula of urban youth struggling to steer clear of crime and pull themselves up to a better life.
March 31, 2006
The film's special appeal is that while the boys are poor and black, their stories transcend race and socio-economic matters.
March 31, 2006
Making his feature-film debut, music-video director Chris Robinson expertly choreographs the skating sequences, which are exhilarating fun.
April 20, 2009
Amateur camera work and conspicuous plotting reduce the film's regional sensibilities to sleep-inducing pap.
July 24, 2008
Morally grounded kids in the hood come of age.
February 20, 2007
A tip of the cap to Tip Harris and Lauren London for it is their chemistry and charm which allows one to believe in their tenderhearted romance in an atmosphere where women are regarded as objects and affectionately called 'bitches' and 'hos.'
January 17, 2007
Be forewarned that despite this critic's stamp of approval, this flick does trade in misogyny, profanity, the N-word, violence and drug use. Notexactly appropriate for impressionable young minds, despite the kid-friendly PG-13 rating.
August 21, 2006
Put ATL in our collection ASAP and PDQ.
August 2, 2006
Not exactly something that can boiled down to an easy sell, but then that's also part of its appeal and charm.
July 25, 2006
A well-meaning and good-hearted urban melodrama -- that doesn't really seem to have anything new to say.
July 20, 2006
I really can't say there is all that much to the banal plot or stereotyped characters that we haven't seen before and better. (HD-DVD and DVD Combo Format)
July 20, 2006
I liked ATL for its music and for its all-around good intentions and general amiability. But....
June 12, 2006
A contradictory approach ultimately muddles the film despite some heartfelt and evocative moments about youngsters growing up on the streets of Atlanta.
June 3, 2006
The film that proves that all life's problems can be solved with a montage.
May 15, 2006
... a surprisingly strong coming-of-age movie with a great young cast. It pops with color and humor and pays attention to the details that situate it in a real location ...
May 12, 2006
Director Chris Robinson maintains a light touch, giving the colorful, energetic skating scenes the benefit of his music-video roots, but he doesn't neglect character, drawing sincere performances from his young cast.
May 6, 2006
A light urban coming-of-age dramedy where the veneer may be darkly intriguing, but the finish is pure homily, of the sort where lessons are learned and dreams do come true.
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