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Lords of Dogtown Reviews

June 6, 2005
These kids can act, and they can ride those boards.
June 3, 2005
Lords of Dogtown stays afloat, largely because many of its actors transcend Hardwicke's heavy-handed storytelling.
June 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.
June 3, 2005
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.
June 3, 2005
It's hard to think of a movie since 1950's Sunset Boulevard that has gotten more dramatic impact out of a pool.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 3, 2005
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
June 3, 2005
It's a thrashing good time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 3, 2005
A strong companion to Dogtown and Z-Boys.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 3, 2005
Catherine Hardwicke, working from a Peralta script and stealing the look and verve of his earlier documentary, turns in a dazzling, edgy and entertainingly blunt riff on the gnarly and how they got that way.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
June 3, 2005
A sports memoir fringed with punk rock clamor.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
June 3, 2005
Unlike the documentary, the movie is reluctant to delve too deeply into the darker side of its protagonists.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
June 3, 2005
When the film works dramatically, it works because of [Emile Hirsch and Heath Ledger].
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 3, 2005
Lords of Dogtown is a fictional feature that tries hard to mimic the sun-baked realism of the documentary that inspired it. But mimic is all it does.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 3, 2005
Lords of Dogtown rocks.
Read More | Original Score: B+
June 3, 2005
Accomplished film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 3, 2005
Lords can't quite sustain this adrenaline to the finish as it eventually loses focus and takes a fall into sentimentality. But when it excels, it brings that electric charge that comes when a film's style is perfectly matched with its subject.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
June 3, 2005
Stacy Peralta, this is your life. Again. And again.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
June 3, 2005
The movie is like a daydream, and it's most infectious when the characters are in motion or misbehaving, which is often.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 3, 2005
Not only is there no need for this movie, but its weaknesses underline the strength of [Dogtown and the Z-Boys].
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
June 3, 2005
Peralta's script is hackneyed, Hardwicke's direction is flat, the cinematography is boring, the acting is atrocious, and the film's depictions of the '70s surfer/skateboarding culture at L.A.'s Venice Beach is scandalously cliched.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
June 3, 2005
Peralta's screenplay doesn't add much depth to the characters, although he creates situations no documentary could capture: family problems, byplay between the skateboarders and the libidinous party atmosphere.
Read More | Original Score: B-
June 3, 2005
Lords of Dogtown is one of those films that makes everyone who is not a citizen of the realm feel hopelessly disconnected.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
June 3, 2005
The young cast shines, especially Hirsch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
June 3, 2005
Peralta has actually told this tale once before, and done a better job, as the director of the 2001 documentary Dogtown and Z-Boys.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 2, 2005
Lords of Dogtown is as beautifully structured as one of the Z-Boys' graceful and intricate maneuvers.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 2, 2005
The film doesn't hold together in any compelling way.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 2, 2005
Lords of Dogtown, from start to finish, is pretty much a blast.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 2, 2005
Peralta's script doesn't have a satisfying dramatic structure.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
June 2, 2005
Directed with vigor and wit.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
June 2, 2005
The movie is distant and cold when it should be up-close and personal, a too-smooth concrete surface unblemished by the tread marks of human emotion.
June 2, 2005
While the actors do a decent job capturing the aura of their characters, the writing, directing and editing stumble.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
June 1, 2005
Hardwicke is the rare director whose work is at once kinesthetic and delicate.
Full Review | Original Score: A
May 31, 2005
Superficial and disconcertingly conventional.
May 31, 2005
Leaner and sharper than its fast-and-furious TV spots would let on.
May 26, 2005
Lords of Dogtown will have limited interest for those who exist outside of the skateboarding community.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 26, 2005
The young performers supply the necessary physicality and charisma, with Hirsch particularly effective as the sensitive Adams.