Palo Alto Reviews

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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.
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.
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.
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 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.
October 17, 2014
This dreamy tale of wasted youth provides a familiar yet authentic portrait of the teenage experience.
October 16, 2014
All of this is potentially irritating to say the least, and yet, despite the junior star entitlement and teen-angst cliches, the film is unexpectedly engaging.
October 16, 2014
Gia Coppola's debut about the teen experience has a lyricism that transcends James Franco's mediocre source.
October 16, 2014
The four stars all give solid, nuanced performers, but it's Roberts whose the stand out - capturing the bewidlerment of adolescence perfectly.
October 15, 2014
What separates this from a pack of high school dramas is the isolation everyone feels, as well as the lack of sensationalism when it comes to portraying their acts of rebellion.
October 13, 2014
With a distinct visual sensibility, Gia proves she's one more Coppola to watch.
October 2, 2014
It might not feel fresh but Palo Alto feels real, honest and moving. An impressive debut by an exciting new talent.
August 21, 2014
it holds together through the performances and a stylistic integrity; Coppola's voice is quiet but firm.
August 15, 2014
I was particularly impressed by Jack Kilmer and Nat Wolff. Those two central performances are very strong.
August 15, 2014
The performances are excellent and the result is an altogether sympathetic, if not entirely original film, from the latest member of a talented movie dynasty.
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