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Dogtown and Z-Boys Reviews

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Top Critic
John Anderson
April 26, 2002
Unless you come in to the film with a skateboard under your arm, you're going to feel like you weren't invited to the party.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
Mark Palermo
The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
August 23, 2002
What there's too much is interviews with middle-aged, self-proclaimed radicals indulged in endless back-patting sessions for having spawned 'a revolution.'
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Jason Clark
Matinee Magazine
August 5, 2002
Has all the depth of a wading pool.
David Poland
Hot Button
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.
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
April 25, 2002
A fast-paced but narrowly-aimed look at the outlaw skateboarding movement of the '70s...disappointingly bland and adulatory.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Bill Gallo
New Times
April 25, 2002
Peralta's mythmaking could have used some informed, adult hindsight.
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Jeff Stark
May 4, 2002
The problem is that Peralta wants it all, and that it doesn't all add up.
Peter Bernard
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
May 31, 2002
At times, however, Dogtown and Z-Boys lapses into an insider's lingo and mindset that the uninitiated may find hard to follow, or care about.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
Kelly Kessler
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
Before Tony Hawk, skateboarding had the Z-Boys.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
May 30, 2002
You may see more important, more moving, more meaningful documentaries in your time. But you will never see one cooler.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
May 10, 2002
The film has an infectious enthusiasm and we're touched by the film's conviction that all life centered on that place, that time and that sport.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Scott Weinberg
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
Warren Curry
March 12, 2002
A thrilling experience, and one that can be thoroughly enjoyed even if you're unable to discern a 'kickflip' from a 'frontside air.'
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
May 6, 2002
Even if you couldn't care less about skateboarding, Dogtown and Z-boys serves up an intriguing slice of American culture.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
May 2, 2002
The people in Dogtown and Z-Boys are so funny, aggressive and alive, you have to watch them because you can't wait to see what they do next.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
Eric D. Snider
May 16, 2001
A fine, interesting documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Manohla Dargis
L.A. Weekly
June 1, 2002
Enormously enjoyable, high-adrenaline documentary.
Cole Smithey
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+
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
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
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
May 31, 2002
About nowhere kids who appropriated turfs as they found them and become self-made celebrity athletes -- a low-down version of the American dream.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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