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ATL Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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.
| Original Score: 2/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
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
Scott Weinberg
DVD Clinic
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
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
March 31, 2006
Several good ideas for a movie rumble around inside ATL, but they never coalesce.
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Tim Grierson
L.A. Weekly
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.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
April 3, 2006
Too predictable.
Cole Smithey
April 20, 2009
Amateur camera work and conspicuous plotting reduce the film's regional sensibilities to sleep-inducing pap.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Joshua Tyler
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.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
March 31, 2006
Really, ATL -- like last year's Roll Bounce -- is about roller skating.
Peter Sobczynski
June 3, 2006
The film that proves that all life's problems can be solved with a montage.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Thomas Peyser
Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
April 14, 2006
As clich?mount, realism and make-believe jostle against one another more discordantly.
Willie Waffle
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
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
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
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John Anderson
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.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
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-
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
March 31, 2006
A good message isn't enough to justify a $10 ticket. You also need a good movie.
| Original Score: 2/4
Matt Bradley
Christian Science Monitor
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+
Sean O'Connell
March 31, 2006
doesn't offer anything we haven't seen in an after-school special.
| Original Score: 2/5
Jackie K. Cooper
April 6, 2006
Accentuates the positive
Full Review| Original Score: 6/10
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Allison Benedikt
Chicago Tribune
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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