Paranoid Park Reviews

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July 6, 2019
Captures the essence of high school life better than most teen movies could ever dream.
November 3, 2018
This is easily Van Sant's most satisfying film of his recent youth alienation pictures.
September 5, 2018
Glum yet gorgeous, Paranoid Park ties together Alex's bleak confusion with his more mundane existential teen traumas.
November 17, 2017
..."Paranoid Park" nevertheless gets into the headspace of its young high school skater protagonist and treats with supreme respect what might be best described as a blown mind.
November 15, 2017
Even when I was trying to appear indifferent I was still boiling inside and horrified by everything around me. I don't see that in Van Sant's teenagers; I don't recognize them.
August 24, 2017
Too brief and good-looking to actively dislike, Paranoid Park is still uninspiringly repetitive. If you're going to play the same riff over and over again, at least lower it an octave.
November 18, 2011
November 17, 2011
June 23, 2010
In Paranoid Park, not much actually happens and yet one teenager's mind is filled with far more than enough to ponder for a long time.
August 27, 2009
The teenager's impressionistic headspace is his canvas, layered like a Keats poem and scored like an iPod
October 18, 2008
In the hands of cinematographic mastermind Christopher Doyle, teenage spats, telephone calls and coasting skateboarders are infused with lyricism and dreaminess.
October 18, 2008
It's breathtaking, heartbreaking, tragic, gorgeous, and true all at the same time.
October 18, 2008
October 1, 2008
August 7, 2008
It's a movie worth seeing.
July 16, 2008
[An] intriguing, mind-altering skateboard elegy.
June 18, 2008
I would say that there is a really good 50 minute movie tucked away inside here, but Van Sant insists on padding it with material that doesn't belong.
May 29, 2008
In a film where dialogue comes at a premium, Van Sant allows his camera to do the talking, and when it rests too long on one subject, the commentary feels like overstatement. Elsewhere, 'Paranoid Park' is eloquent in its terseness.
May 20, 2008
Paranoid Park proves that growing up is often very hard to do -- but it's also a potent reminder that these teens deserve our respect and sympathy for their often imperfect efforts to do just that.
May 9, 2008
I don't know what's more surprising: that director Gus Van Sant has made yet another movie about the lives of disaffected Portland teenagers, or that he's pulled it off one more time with "Paranoid Park."
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