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ATL Reviews

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March 31, 2006
The second half is clumsier than the first, and you get the impression that the studio rushed to cut things that hadn't worked in last fall's kids-skating flop and play up the Boyz aspects of the routine moral-dilemma plot.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
March 30, 2006
Don't expect to see it as a featured film on NBC or even HBO. Maybe it's got a shot at late-night BET. If this had gone straight to DVD, that would have been A-OK. RIP, "ATL."
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
July 25, 2006
A well-meaning and good-hearted urban melodrama -- that doesn't really seem to have anything new to say.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
March 31, 2006
Several good ideas for a movie rumble around inside ATL, but they never coalesce.
March 30, 2006
Eventually, Hollywood plot machinations rear their ugly heads, dictating a generic Romeo-and-Juliet love story and an even staler cautionary tale about the evils of drugs that completely stifle the film's laid-back appeal.
April 3, 2006
Too predictable.
April 20, 2009
Amateur camera work and conspicuous plotting reduce the film's regional sensibilities to sleep-inducing pap.
Full Review | Original Score: D
January 31, 2006
A bland, lackluster film that thanks to both bad marketing and poor filmmaking, never really gets the chance to endear itself to the audience.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
March 31, 2006
Really, ATL -- like last year's Roll Bounce -- is about roller skating.
June 3, 2006
The film that proves that all life's problems can be solved with a montage.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
April 14, 2006
As clich?mount, realism and make-believe jostle against one another more discordantly.
March 30, 2006
The most refreshing part of ATL is that each of these kids are good kids. Unfortunately, they are good kids in a bad movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
July 20, 2006
I liked ATL for its music and for its all-around good intentions and general amiability. But....
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
March 30, 2006
There's a lot that's right about ATL, the debut directing effort of music-video maker Chris Robinson. But the things that are wrong are simply fatal.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
March 31, 2006
ATL starts out somewhat fresh, but then turns slowly stale as its story of African-American kids in Atlanta takes on more and more of the standard elements of growing up in the hood movies.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
March 31, 2006
A good message isn't enough to justify a $10 ticket. You also need a good movie.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
March 30, 2006
Despite a few pitfalls (the adult worlds of money and sex) ATL makes navigating the trials, tribulations, and Southern twangs of life on the wrong side of the tracks look relatively painless.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
March 31, 2006
doesn't offer anything we haven't seen in an after-school special.
| Original Score: 2/5
April 6, 2006
Accentuates the positive
Full ReviewRead More | Original Score: 6/10
March 30, 2006
Like most media these days, ATL feels like the product of video-on-demand-era focus groups, which means that it's entertaining, but not smart.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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