Lords of Dogtown


Lords of Dogtown

Critics Consensus

Lords of Dogtown, while slickly made and edited, lacks the depth and entertaining value of the far superior documentary on the same subject, Dogtown and Z-Boys.



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In the 1970s, a group of teenage surfers from a tough neighborhood known as "Dogtown" in Venice, CA, pioneered a revolutionary new style of skateboarding. Riding the waves at the Pacific Ocean Park pier, the Z-Boys, known for their aggressive style and hard street attitude, combined the death-defying moves of surfing with the art of skateboarding and became overnight sensations and local legends. With empty pools as their canvas, the Z-Boys paved the way to what is now referred to as "extreme sports," and created a lifestyle that spread infectiously to become a worldwide counterculture phenomenon. But all of this fame would take its toll on the friendships that they thought would last a lifetime, as the sport that started out as an afternoon hobby turned into big business.


Nikki Reed
as Kathy Alva
America Ferrera
as Thunder Monkey
Brian Zarate
as Montoya
Elden Henson
as Billy Z.
Mitch Hedberg
as Urethane Wheels Guy
Stephanie Limb
as Peggy Oki
Mike Ogas
as Bob Biniak
Cheyne Magnusson
as Jim "Red Dog" Muir
Kristian Peterson
as Wentzle Ruml
Mark Kubr
as Donnie's Friend
Rene Rivera
as Mr. Peralta
Chad Fernandez
as Ryan Reef
Jim Muir
as Security Guard
Chris Chaput
as Russ Howell
Matt Malloy
as Contest Official
Jack Smith
as Del Mar Announcer
Bill Cusack
as Del Mar Judge
Kirk Ward
as Bill Bahne
Eddie Cahill
as Larry Gordon
Laura Ramsey
as Gabrielle
Bob Biniak
as Restaurant Manager
Eric "Tuma" Britton
as Marty Grimes
Chuck Hosack
as Irate Husband
Chelsea Hobbs
as Caroline
Reid Harper
as Lookout Boy
Paulette Ivory
as Magazine Reporter
Raphael Verela
as Topper's Bodyguard
Jay Adams
as Party Guest
Ned Bellamy
as Peter Darling
Tony Alva
as Oregon Man at Party
Joe Virzi
as Capitola Race Starter
Skip Engblom
as Seattle Race Starter
Stacy Peralta
as TV Director
Tony Hawk
as Astronaut
Joel McHale
as TV Reporter
Bai Ling
as Punky Photographer
Shea Whigham
as Dranke Landon
Lucas Gasperik
as Jay Clone
Ray Flores
as Long Beach Announcer
Travis Peterson
as Young Surfer
Rebeca Silva
as Sid's Nurse
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Critic Reviews for Lords of Dogtown

All Critics (146) | Top Critics (35) | Fresh (80) | Rotten (66)

  • These kids can act, and they can ride those boards.

    Jun 6, 2005
  • Lords of Dogtown stays afloat, largely because many of its actors transcend Hardwicke's heavy-handed storytelling.

    Jun 3, 2005
  • Lords of Dogtown isn't a cop-out, but rather an ever-so-slight concession to commercialism, while Dogtown and Z-Boys was, above all else, a love song to the counterculture.

    Jun 3, 2005 | Full Review…
  • If watching Dogtown and Z-Boys was tantamount to witnessing history itself, watching Lords of Dogtown, which Peralta wrote, feels more like watching a stiff, meticulously choreographed reenactment.

    Jun 3, 2005 | Full Review…
  • It's hard to think of a movie since 1950's Sunset Boulevard that has gotten more dramatic impact out of a pool.

    Jun 3, 2005 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

    Mike Clark

    USA Today
    Top Critic
  • For someone who was there, not to mention someone who created Dogtown and Z-Boys, Peralta has crafted a script so superficial and simplistic it feels like it was tapped out by a 14-year-old fan.

    Jun 3, 2005 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Lords of Dogtown

  • Feb 26, 2013
    I saw the documentary Dogtown and Z-Boys which was mildly interesting. This drama based on the historical tale doesn't do it for me at all. I found myself utterly bored and wished they could have all been put in military school.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Aug 01, 2012
    Skip: Yeah, this is Skip Engblom and the Zephyr Skateboard Team. Here's our entry fees. Now where's our trophies?  "They came from nothing to change everything." Lords of Dogtown is a good little movie about the Z-Boys of Venice and how they changed skating for the better and opened up the sport for the Tony Hawk's and Bob Burnquist's. If you are interested in this subject and want to see an amazing movie on the Z-Boys; watch Stacy Peralta's Dogtown and Z-Boys.  Stacy Peralta did write this movie, so you know it has to be pretty close to 100% accurate. We watch as the boys move from just kids on the streets and in the waves to where they're going to big skate competitions. All the little details about the Z-Boys is in there, but not really talked about. They changed the sport from just standing on a board and made it into the extreme sport we know. They rode with a surfing style that no one had seen before. They got low to the ground and did quick turns where they'd almost lay on the concrete. This movie also delves into the egos of some of the skaters, especially Tony Alva. You almost grow to hate him through watching this movie. Obviously, you grow to like Peralta, which probably has a little bit to do with him writing the film. The movie seemed like they tried to go a little over the top at times. The kids playing the Z-Boys at times seem like nothing more than posers because of how they talk and act. That's the biggest problem I had with the movie, but it wasn't happening the whole film. For the most part, I liked the portrayals. It could have been done better, but it was still a lot of fun watching this cultural change occur. I should just say, I love movies like these that dive into the culture aspect of these movements. That's why I love the documentary that was made not he subject. It went into detail about the whole culture of these skaters a lot more then this movie did. We saw some of it, with the Zephyr party and the weed, the alcohol, the girls, and all that. There's also a great soundtrack, maybe one of the best I've seen put together in a movie. All the songs that were included fit the movie perfectly. As much as I liked the film, I'm still slightly disappointed just because I know there's a better movie that could be made from this story. I hope somebody else comes along in the future and gives this subject another shot. Still, if you are at all interested in this subject, you should watch this film along with Peralta's documentary. It would make for a perfect double feature.
    Melvin W Super Reviewer
  • Nov 26, 2011
    Not a really good movie but this director has a reputation for that
    David O Super Reviewer
  • Nov 21, 2011
    Lords of Dogtown, is present by his director with a documentary style, the skateboard world in the early 70's. Is a entretaining film, very good to skate fans.
    Lucas M Super Reviewer

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