Palo Alto Reviews

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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 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.
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 12, 2014
Ultimately, "Palo Alto" is a messy yet haunting portrait of a particular time in life.
May 29, 2014
It's accurate to say that "Palo Alto" is another movie by another Coppola about the lives of the rich, bored and disaffected, but that description sells the movie short.
May 24, 2014
While it shows Coppola has talent, it's also as aimless as her characters' self-absorbed, self-medicated, joyless lives.
May 23, 2014
That Coppola finds occasional grace and spirit here shows understanding and compassion. Her next assignment? Make a movie that's not about the troubles of the privileged and bored.
May 22, 2014
"Palo Alto" feels earnest and promising, but half-formed.
May 16, 2014
A slice-of-life story that does a good job italicizing how little moments in the big scheme of things can seem like monumental disasters while one is in high school.
May 16, 2014
It's hard getting past the benign "menace" of the gangs, the corny out-of-touchness of the parentals, the stodgy morality of it all.
May 15, 2014
"Palo Alto" has a strong feel for youthful fumblings that fall between self-pity and self-definition, and it's especially wise about the parallel world of American adolescents ...
May 15, 2014
The adaptation of this coming-of-age tale is stylishly brought to the screen, even if it feels a bit light on substance.
May 15, 2014
The movie often recalls Larry Clark's early work in its effortless authenticity, though in contrast to his emotional brutality, the tone here is gentle and understanding.
May 15, 2014
"Palo Alto" is something to watch and afterward say, "Yes, high school is something like that, isn't it?" That makes this film almost but not quite worth the investment.
May 15, 2014
Palo Alto marks one of those rare films that is so accurate in its portrayal of characters that the movie suffers for it.
May 14, 2014
While "Palo Alto" might not point the teen genre into revolutionary new directions, it does achieve a major goal: Putting its talented filmmaker and cast on the cinematic map.
May 12, 2014
The catalogue of petty derelictions and frustrated yearnings is anchored by no inner world, framed by no context, and there's nothing distinctive in the twenty-six-year-old Gia Coppola's direction.
May 11, 2014
From the first few scenes in Palo Alto it's obvious Gia Coppola is a natural director.
May 9, 2014
"Palo Alto" is a very strong first feature, prioritizing mood over message.
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