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.
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 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.
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 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
If you've seen Dazed and Confused, Thirteen and/or The Myth of the American Sleepover you'll know exactly what's coming.
October 13, 2014
Yet another tale of disaffected, overprivileged teens.
July 8, 2014
A meditative contemplation of the boredom of overprivileged, under-aspiring, shallow, spoiled kids. As you've been dying to see.
June 30, 2014
... neither shocking nor insightful in its portrayal of brooding, disenfranchised California teenagers dealing with peer pressure and irresponsible adults.
June 20, 2014
A group of bored white suburban teens, entitled up to their eyeballs, do increasingly stupid things that we're supposed to be concerned about. I wasn't.
June 19, 2014
A simplistic and overly-familiar take on teenage existence, with all the adults portrayed as either clueless or subtly abusive, leaving the world-weary kids to struggle unaided with the harsh realities of life.
June 13, 2014
A pale imitation of the early novels of Bret Easton Ellis, who wrote about young ennui and aimlessness from the inside out.
June 6, 2014
Not a particularly precocious debut, in the context of the Coppola dynasty, but nevertheless feels much like the work of a very young if talented person who has yet to discover a unique voice.
June 2, 2014
Should come with a warning: may cause optic nerve damage as a result of excessive eye-rolling
May 30, 2014
"Palo Alto" is "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" without the wit; "River's Edge" without the depth. It's like reading a first novel by a talented writer who has something to say but isn't yet sure how to say it.
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