Lords of Dogtown - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Lords of Dogtown Reviews

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Sean McBride
Sean the Movie Guy
June 10, 2005
a meandering trip down memory lane punctuated with some really nice skateboarding sequences.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/4
John Wirt
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
June 10, 2005
A biopic about skateboard heroes of the 1970s that's only truly alive when the Z-Boys are inventing their new sport.
Bret McCabe
Orlando Weekly
June 9, 2005
If you really want to know what's what, check out Peralta's own doc, Dogtown and Z-Boys, which dishes the real deal in adrenaline-pushing detail.
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
June 9, 2005
In her raw, ruff-and-ready style, Hardwicke gets in your face early and often. You just want to tell her, 'Down, girl.'
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
June 9, 2005
There's great authenticity in the picture thanks to Catherine Hardwicke's atmospheric direction and Stacy Peralta's first-hand account of the era.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
June 8, 2005
The movie failed, on every level, to answer the one key question: Why should I care about these boys?
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
June 7, 2005
Purely as a study in speed and movement, Lords of Dogtown is a gnarly ride.
Full Review | Original Score: B
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
June 6, 2005
Hardwicke's gritty touch and unwillingness to romanticize adolescence keeps her film from being as brashly celebratory as it might have been...
Top Critic
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
June 6, 2005
These kids can act, and they can ride those boards.
Mark Collette
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
June 6, 2005
Major plot lines may begin, develop and end, changing characters' lives forever, while you are in the bathroom.
| Original Score: 2/4
Mark Palermo
The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
June 6, 2005
It's played at a level of youth film energy that I never felt director Catherine Hardwicke reached in her previous effort Thirteen.
Full Review
June 6, 2005
[I]t vibrates with a bouncing-off-the-walls energy that sucks you right into the action.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jackie K. Cooper
June 5, 2005
To call this movie a dog would be to insult my friends of the canine persuasion, so I will just say it stinks
Full Review| Original Score: 3/10
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
June 5, 2005
They maintained their balance on dangerous skateboard stunts but wiped out the way anyone who has ever watched an epsiode of VH1: Behind the Music knows all too well.
| Original Score: B
Gabriel Shanks
Mixed Reviews
June 4, 2005
Reaches beyond the cinematic frame as far as it can to catch big air, giving its audience a you-are-there viscerality.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette
June 4, 2005
One of the flaws of Paralta's script is that he wants us to feel SORRY for those poor kids who made all that money. Awwwwwwwww....
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Dan Fienberg
June 4, 2005
Knoxville's arrival marks the end of Dogtown as a free-flowing lark and the beginning of the film's over-determined and predictable "rise-and-fall" story arcs.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
John Venable
June 3, 2005
Lots of fun for its target audience; skaters both old school and new, and high schoolers.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Brett Buckalew
June 3, 2005
I couldn't help but think of the episode of The Simpsons where the Itchy & Scratchy canine sidekick so self-consciously 'in-your-face' comes off as tame instead.
Top Critic
Stephanie Zacharek
June 3, 2005
Lords of Dogtown stays afloat, largely because many of its actors transcend Hardwicke's heavy-handed storytelling.
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