Dogtown and Z-Boys - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Dogtown and Z-Boys Reviews

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David Ansen
Newsweek
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.
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Dennis Harvey
Variety
April 2, 2007
Package is lively, if loosely structured.
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Meredith Brody
Chicago Reader
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.
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
Infectiously exuberant.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
July 20, 2002
Few sports films catch their time, place and sport so well.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
June 7, 2002
This is pop history that blows your hair back.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
June 7, 2002
Blatant promotion aside, the chronicles of Dogtown make for fascinating insider cultural history.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Manohla Dargis
L.A. Weekly
June 1, 2002
Enormously enjoyable, high-adrenaline documentary.
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
May 31, 2002
An informative, nostalgic trip back to a fascinating era, told by those who knew it best.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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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.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 30, 2002
An exhilarating, breathless, must-see chronicle of the skateboarder revolution and evolution.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
May 10, 2002
When these guys were headed down the street at 50 m.p.h., you got out of the way.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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
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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.
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Jeff Stark
Salon.com
May 4, 2002
The problem is that Peralta wants it all, and that it doesn't all add up.
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Curt Fields
Washington Post
May 3, 2002
Watch this, and the next time you see the X Games or a skateboarding video game commercial, you'll think of the Z-boys and how it all began.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
May 3, 2002
The rare and wondrous nonfiction film that transcends its subject to become a thing of beauty in itself, a slice of pop-cultural history that shimmers with life.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Melanie McFarland
Seattle Times
May 3, 2002
A wonderful demonstration of how employing the aesthetic values of a subject can produce a raw, jagged exciting style in cinematic nonfiction.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
May 3, 2002
Exhilarating but blatantly biased.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
May 3, 2002
Despite its faults, this is a fascinating look at a subculture.
| Original Score: B+
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Steven Rosen
Denver Post
May 3, 2002
Watching Dogtown is like discovering a secret history of America.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
May 3, 2002
A high-flying kick for anyone who enjoys a good road rash and wind rushing through the hair.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Jonathan Perry
Boston Globe
May 3, 2002
Does a terrific job of evoking the electric magic of an extraordinary era.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Mike Antonucci
San Jose Mercury News
May 2, 2002
Peralta captures, in luminous interviews and amazingly evocative film from three decades ago, the essence of the Dogtown experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Mike Clark
USA Today
April 26, 2002
Filmmaker Stacy Peralta has a flashy editing style that doesn't always jell with Sean Penn's monotone narration, but he respects the material without sentimentalizing it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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John Anderson
Newsday
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.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
April 26, 2002
It is impossible not to be seduced by its hard-edged vision of an endless teenage summer.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
April 26, 2002
A dazzlingly crafted documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Megan Turner
New York Post
April 26, 2002
You don't need to know or care about the skateboarding culture to enjoy this free-wheeling ride through a dog-eared section of '70s-era Los Angeles.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
April 25, 2002
Gives a detailed and fascinating picture of the Z-Boys phenomenon.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Mark Holcomb
Village Voice
April 23, 2002
Its spirit of iconoclastic abandon -- however canned -- makes for unexpectedly giddy viewing.
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Duane Byrge
Hollywood Reporter
May 16, 2001
A wild ride with eight boarders from Venice Beach that was a deserved co-winner of the Audience Award for documentaries at the Sundance Film Festival.