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Skate Kitchen Reviews

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February 8, 2019
A fantastically evocative low-key tale of a teenage girl's coming of age within the skate subculture of New York City.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 16, 2019
At best, though, Skate Kitchen is less about trying to get anywhere or make sense of anything than it is about the casual joy of being young, free and immersed in the moment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 4, 2019
Like executing a gravity-defying trick, you can't overthink things ... This film, unfortunately, doesn't land the trick. Nor does it fall too hard, though.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 21, 2018
The view Moselle gives us of this subculture is intimate and occasionally a little strange, but every second is captivating.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
December 7, 2018
Skate Kitchen is a highly realistic and believable narrative feature, populated with non-professional actors playing versions of themselves. Not much happens. What does happen is natural and relevant. And the film is terrific.
November 8, 2018
Forget those glossy dystopias studios force on younger audiences. American indies are going directly to the source to portray adolescents.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 9, 2018
The quasi-documentary from The Wolfpack director Crystal Moselle will grind its way into your heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 5, 2018
They are non-professional actors playing versions of themselves, and the naturalism of their conversations--and of their gliding excursions through the streets of Manhattan--is wonderful.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 5, 2018
On a skateboard, there's no room for thinking. It's just feeling and doing, which is what makes it such a symbol of emancipation in Crystal Moselle's joyful and wise new film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 2, 2018
There's a sweet nostalgia and important moments, those magical, too brief weeks of summer vacation and the bliss of finally finding a place you belong.
September 30, 2018
I can't shake the inkling that it would've worked better as straight documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 28, 2018
Moselle is famous for her documentary The Wolfpack. Skate Kitchen isn't quite a documentary but it's not exactly a drama either.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 28, 2018
A minor-key coming-of-age triumph that manages to simultaneously be relatable and wildly distinctive. Will almost certainly have lapsed, adult skateboarders (unwisely) dusting down their decks.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 28, 2018
Skate Kitchen is a wonderfully lyrical and well-observed rites of passage story.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 27, 2018
Repeated dopey exchanges...are poorly delivered by bratty exhibitionists in a stagnant narrative.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 27, 2018
Thanks to Moselle's unfussy direction, which really captures the feeling of drifting along through youthful summer days, and the strong work of the young, mostly little-known cast, Skate Kitchen is certainly worth your time.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 27, 2018
A film that addresses teen sexuality, gender identity, drug use and more in ways that feel neither prurient nor exploitative; just raw and honest.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 27, 2018
Authentic and dreamily shot - yet smartly edited - Skate Kitchen is the kind of movie you feel infinitely more hip just for watching.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 26, 2018
If a breeze blowing through New York City decided to make a film, it would be Skate Kitchen. Nearly every moment here, of camerawork or character play, is wistfully, blissfully fluid.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
September 26, 2018
Gives its audience a sense of the almost pastoral innocence of skateboarding, its devotion to nothing more or less than having fun: a subversive urban vocation that is devoted to the art of pleasure.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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