Minding the Gap (2018) - Rotten Tomatoes

Minding the Gap (2018)




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First-time filmmaker Bing Liu's documentary Minding the Gap is a coming-of-age saga of three skateboarding friends in their Rust Belt hometown hit hard by decades of recession. In his quest to understand why he and his friends all ran away from home when they were younger, Bing follows 23-year-old Zack as he becomes a father and 17-year-old Keire as he gets his first job. As the film unfolds, Bing is thrust into the middle of Zack's tumultuous relationship with his girlfriend and Keire's inner struggles with racial identity and his deceased father. While navigating a complex relationship between his camera and his friends, Bing explores the gap between fathers and sons, between discipline and domestic abuse, and ultimately that precarious chasm between childhood and becoming an adult.


Critic Reviews for Minding the Gap

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (4)

Lieu ends his story at a natural point in the young character's lives, but the outcome also begs for a sequel.

January 25, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

Liu not only has an excellent eye but deeper ambitions.

January 23, 2018 | Full Review…

The film is filled with lengthy, sensuous skateboarding scenes, which feel meditative, therapeutic; we sense that these kids skated not because it was fun, but because it helped them to survive.

January 22, 2018 | Full Review…

Minding the Gap starts out as one story, suggests one set of character arcs, and then flows in unexpected directions and underlines new sets of themes, without ever feeling haphazard or ill-considered.

January 22, 2018 | Full Review…

Bing Liu's stunning feature debut explores what it means to be man coming of age in economically depressed America...The effect packs an emotional wallop.

May 1, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

The best coming-of-age movie of the 2010s.

April 24, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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