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Paranoid Park Reviews

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Hank Sartin
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Melissa Anderson
Time Out
November 17, 2011
| Original Score: 5/5
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
July 16, 2008
[An] intriguing, mind-altering skateboard elegy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
March 28, 2008
Paranoid Park, Gus Van Sant's mesmerizing new movie, melds the dreamy languor of his last few films with a page-turner of a plot.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ted Fry
Seattle Times
March 21, 2008
Gus Van Sant's capper to a trilogy of experiments in elliptical narrative and lyrical structure is a masterful triumph of art, craft and empathy for the complicatedness of being a real teenager.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
March 21, 2008
Regarding Paranoid Park as an elongated short rather than a feature helps a bit, because it's a miniature in spirit -- a small-format portrait of psychic malaise that just happens to last 84 minutes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
March 21, 2008
Paranoid Park becomes a portrait of the skate punk as repressed personality. The movie doesn't really go anywhere as a story, it simply unfolds.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
March 21, 2008
Intriguing and obliquely involving.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Schilling
Minneapolis Star Tribune
March 20, 2008
Alex goes to school, has a girlfriend, eats junk food ... and is almost as much of a zombie as anything George A. Romero has ever conjured up. Only less appealing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
March 20, 2008
Elephant said much more about teenagers and said it better.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
March 20, 2008
Even something as modest as Paranoid Park manages to reflect Van Sant's greatest strengths as an artist: his seemingly limitless fluency with his chosen medium and his willingness to tell even the oldest stories in bold new ways.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
March 20, 2008
Paranoid Park, while still off the beaten path, is less self-absorbed and pretentious than anything Van Sant has crafted since Finding Forrester.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
March 17, 2008
Yet another movie about misunderstood teenage skateboarders.
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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
March 15, 2008
This isn't mallrat Crime and Punishment; it's Accident and Inertia, structured by Alex's attempt to capture his feelings in a journal.(He's more verbose than introspective.)
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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David Wiegand
San Francisco Chronicle
March 14, 2008
For some of the way, it seems like a kind of skateboard whodunit. Soon enough, we understand it's much more than that. And by then, we know we're in for a ride to remember.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
March 14, 2008
Youth and death meet again in Gus Van Sant's Paranoid Park, a gorgeously stark, mesmerizingly elliptical story told in the same lyrical-prosaic style that has characterized his latest films.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
March 14, 2008
It's always exciting when a film that plays with cinematic language can squeeze in among the flotsam and jetsam of repetitive mediocrity.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
March 14, 2008
Paranoid Park, the new Gus Van Sant movie, is slight but fascinating.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
March 14, 2008
In the space of 78 minutes, Mr. Van Sant and his cinematographer, the peerless Christopher Doyle, manage to suffuse that state with haunting sadness, ubiquitous danger, pulsing power and flickers of hope.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
March 14, 2008
Van Sant has made his best film in many years. I didn't realize it until a second viewing. These things sometimes happen, especially if the first encounter was in the middle of a film festival.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Jim Emerson
Chicago Sun-Times
March 14, 2008
Paranoid Park is graced with those peculiar Van Sant touches of discovery and absurdity, delightful because they're at once so right and so inscrutable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
March 12, 2008
Paranoid Park has the slightly glum insularity of minimalist fiction, but it's the first of Van Sant's blitzed-generation films in which a young man wakes up instead of shutting down.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
March 7, 2008
The story's fractured structure -- and Christopher Doyle's dreamlike cinematography -- make for a striking mood piece.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
March 6, 2008
Paranoid Park is a haunting, voluptuously beautiful portrait of a teenage boy who, after being suddenly caught in midflight, falls to earth.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
March 6, 2008
Through simple observation, Van Sant quietly lets viewers understand Nevins and feel the full force of his distress.
| Original Score: A-
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
March 3, 2008
Paranoid Park is a supernaturally perfect fusion of Van Sant's current conceptual-art-project head-trip aesthetic and Blake Nelson's finely tuned first-person 'young adult' novel.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
February 28, 2008
The result, a defiant slap at slick Hollywood formula, is mesmerizing.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
December 28, 2007
A build-up of secrecy and anxiety are well-served by Van Sant's chopped-up narrative of the slow reveal, and again the director shows a keen eye for the rituals and worries of teenage life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
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Globe and Mail
September 6, 2007
Shows typical insight into the awkward years.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
May 31, 2007
Van Sant carries his ongoing experiments with image and sound design to new levels of sophistication.
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
May 24, 2007
Van Sant wants his brief, deadpan, underpopulated scenes to feel more like real teen existence than the clichés of mainstream cinema. It's a worthy goal, but I'm afraid the actual effect is the opposite.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
May 22, 2007
Through immaculate use of picture, sound and time, the director adds another panel to his series of pictures about disaffected, disconnected youth.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
May 21, 2007
Van Sant has composed an emotional mosaic that brings you inside Alex.