Paranoid Park Reviews

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November 18, 2011
November 17, 2011
July 16, 2008
[An] intriguing, mind-altering skateboard elegy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
March 21, 2008
Intriguing and obliquely involving.
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.
March 20, 2008
Elephant said much more about teenagers and said it better.
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.
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.
March 17, 2008
Yet another movie about misunderstood teenage skateboarders.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
March 14, 2008
Paranoid Park, the new Gus Van Sant movie, is slight but fascinating.
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.
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.
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