Palo Alto Reviews

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August 30, 2019
At times profound in its poetry of unfulfilling moments, the material is just as equally banal and not entirely memorable.
April 3, 2019
A vain example of artless style that shoots narcissism of character as a reason to be.
March 22, 2019
The film is tasteful in its imagistic flourishes, flirting with the surreal only at timely, pivotal moments in the characters' misadventures.
March 13, 2019
Disaffected, wealthy young people aren't new subjects for a film, but perhaps because [Gia] Coppola is not far from the age (and background) of her characters some of the details resonate.
November 2, 2018
While not quite at the level of Richard Linklater's Dazed and Confused or Olivier Assayas' Cold Water, it comes closer than most contemporary American teen films dare.
November 2, 2018
A meandering contemplation on teen angst but with nothing new or interesting to say about it.
August 22, 2018
I know plenty of filmmakers tend to make the same movie over and over again, but when you're making the movie of another famous relative, I would think you'd feel silly.
August 14, 2018
A lackluster and slow-going film where its stories don't pan out well.
September 7, 2017
Coppola's film is about what she knows; she's obviously more ambitious than her apathetic and self-obsessed characters, but she probably knows a few of them. Far from perfect, but a solid beginning.
September 2, 2017
While all the young actors are committed to their characters (though none of them particularly stand out), this film will likely drown in its own nothingness as far more thought-provoking teenage fare continues to prevail.
August 15, 2017
Just because the kids can't make sense of their acting out doesn't mean the film shouldn't try to.
August 4, 2017
The real headline is Coppola herself, though. I may not love Palo Alto but its substance and style are singular enough that I am keen to see what she does next.
June 6, 2016
The reality is that for many, [these] four years are marked by a more moderate, complicated set of things, and not the relentless bleakness displayed in [the] film.
October 24, 2014
The drama is scaled to just the right size: kids get into trouble or inadvisable situations, but there are no major melodramatics. We see them in their natural habitat.
October 20, 2014
James Franco's collection of autobiographical short stories is adapted into a remarkably evocative film by Gia Coppola, granddaughter of Francis.
October 19, 2014
Another week, another glacial outing from the ever-expanding Coppola clan depicting the oh so beautiful emptiness of American teenage wildlife.
October 17, 2014
Palo Alto is as fuzzy, scattered and aimless as its protagonists' lives.
October 17, 2014
The story tends to meander but the kids' ups and downs are delicately observed and the performances, especially from Roberts, are never less than believable.
October 17, 2014
The director Gia Coppola (granddaughter of Francis Ford Coppola) gets under the skin of protagonists who seem like pampered, listless delinquents on the surface but who all turn out to be lost souls.
October 17, 2014
Palo Alto might not be the cream of the teen movie crop, but there's evidence here that the reputation of Coppola clan - which is now entering its third generation of directors - is in safe hands.
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