ATL Reviews

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April 20, 2009
Amateur camera work and conspicuous plotting reduce the film's regional sensibilities to sleep-inducing pap.
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.'
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 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.
April 29, 2006
having solidly entertained for most of its running time, goes out in a blaze of cliche
April 14, 2006
As clich?mount, realism and make-believe jostle against one another more discordantly.
April 13, 2006
ATL is a likable film with an affirmative and hopeful message about the fate of its main players.
April 11, 2006
One cannot ignore or discount that Robinson is not only trying to tell a conventional tale unconventionally, but he is also attempting to put Atlanta on the map of cinematic city characters.
April 8, 2006
Ultimately, ATL is a cliche-filled fairy tale that sacrifices its edginess for a happy ending.
April 8, 2006
Robinson's film is a cut above the rest, seeming simultaneously wise beyond its years and electrically, youthfully playful.
April 6, 2006
Accentuates the positive
April 5, 2006
...a relief from the cynical, slickly packaged teen movies that have been flooding the market.
April 3, 2006
...refreshing without going all goody two-shoe, its four friends and their ties to Atlanta not unlike the bunch of guys in Barry Levinson's Baltimore Diner.
April 3, 2006
Too predictable.
April 3, 2006
Here's the kind of movie that filmmakers should develop more often: It's an urban movie about teen-agers FOR teen-agers. And I hope that teen-agers and adults from all walks of life see "ATL," because it's both gritty and good-hearted.
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