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Dogtown and Z-Boys Reviews

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February 26, 2012
Raw, baby, raw. That's what this documentary is, and that's why it's not meant for Blu-ray.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
January 2, 2011
Before Tony Hawk, skateboarding had the Z-Boys.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 1, 2010
Skateboard-legend-turned-filmmaker Stacy Peralta rips open the paradigm of the documentary form in much the same way that he and his young Santa Monica Zephyr Competition Skate Team revolutionized skateboarding in the mid-'70s.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
August 1, 2008
Marred by a self-importance and heavy-handed assertion of mythic status that some may well find misplaced or just downright ridiculous.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 1, 2007
You want to know more about their private lives than you get. But most viewers may be too stoked by the sheer adrenaline rush of the subject to care.
April 2, 2007
Package is lively, if loosely structured.
April 2, 2007
This propulsive, highly satisfying 2002 documentary concerns a group of daredevil skateboarders from an economically depressed and dangerous area of Santa Monica known as Dogtown who reinvented the sport in the 70s.
May 26, 2006
I know exactly nothing about skateboarding, but this wild, exuberant documentary puts it all in perspective, outlining a crew of 12 surfers-turned-skaters who pioneered the sport -- and, some say, the art form.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
January 26, 2006
Infectiously exuberant.
June 13, 2004
Using the Zephyr team's creation, its sudden fame, and death by defection, Dogtown documents genuine 20th century tribalism.
May 20, 2003
The straight cuts illustrate how the Zephyr team's revolutionary, riffing style was both an extension of surfing and aesthetically beautiful.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
January 7, 2003
There is something I find deeply disturbing about a documentary made about one's own life that never acknowledges its first person status.
December 23, 2002
Quite possibly the best documentary about youth and sport since Hoop Dreams.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
December 8, 2002
The film fearlessly gets under the skin of the people involved ... This makes it not only a detailed historical document, but an engaging and moving portrait of a subculture.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
December 8, 2002
It's an entertaining study for anyone, as it makes you believe that skateboarding is the ultimate guerilla sport -- taking something that exists and is shrugged off and turning it into something amazing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 6, 2002
An enthusiastic ode to a few of the pioneers of extreme sports.
Full Review | Original Score: B
October 21, 2002
An affectionate look back at those heady days.
October 15, 2002
Despite its lack of perspective on history or the evolution of the sport, Dogtown and Z-Boys does what documentaries do best: It makes even viewers who have never touched a skateboard feel a part of the action.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 10, 2002
It also paints a vivid portrait of a place, time and tribal gathering where environment, attitude, innovation, athleticism and emphasis on style spawned an accidental revolution of sorts.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 25, 2002
Dogtown and Z-Boys does precisely what a documentary movie should do: it makes its subject fascinating whether you actually give a damn or not.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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