Minding the Gap (2018)


Critic Consensus: Minding the Gap draws on more than a decade of documentary footage to assemble a poignant picture of young American lives that resonates far beyond its onscreen subjects.


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Compiling over 12 years of footage shot in his hometown of Rockford, IL, in MINDING THE GAP, Bing Liu searches for correlations between his skateboarder friends' turbulent upbringings and the complexities of modern-day masculinity. As the film unfolds, Bing captures 23-year-old Zack's tumultuous relationship with his girlfriend deteriorate after the birth of their son and 17-year-old Keire struggling with his racial identity as he faces new responsibilities following the death of his father. While navigating a difficult relationship between his camera, his friends, and his own past, Bing ultimately weaves a story of generational forgiveness while exploring the precarious gap between childhood and adulthood.


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Critic Reviews for Minding the Gap

All Critics (72) | Top Critics (21)

The ambition of Minding the Gap is a bit beyond the reach of Liu. It may be that only a dramatic film artist could have done justice to this subject. But as a piece of cinematic self-therapy, fragmented though it is, it has few rivals.

Feb 1, 2019 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Minding the Gap becomes less a story about the ad hoc fraternity of skateboarders and more about the fractured home life that sends them looking for a surrogate family.

Dec 26, 2018 | Full Review…
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The score by Nathan Halpern and Chris Ruggiero is sparse and beautiful and perfect. The editing is brilliant.

Aug 30, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Much of "Minding the Gap" is painful to witness, but as past and present intersect and recombine and Liu's wealth of footage coalesces, the finished film becomes a cautiously hopeful and even cathartic experience.

Aug 30, 2018 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

It's the movie Liu was born to make, the one he had to get off his chest before he could move on in his filmmaking career.

Aug 21, 2018 | Full Review…
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The emotional intelligence Liu, Keire, and Zack demonstrate in their moments of self-analysis is what leaves Minding the Gap ending with something a lot like hope.

Aug 20, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Minding the Gap


Bing Liu weaves together themes of masculine and societal expectations through his friends Keire and Zack. Such layers are bridges through the trioï¿ 1/2(TM)s skateboarding bond that has always been a point of escapism whether it be from each of their damaged upbringings or the trappings of adulthood they find themselves encountering and dealing (or not dealing) with. Some terrific editing and a few choice cuts specifically hammer home the clarity it seems Liu intended to chase.

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