Skate Kitchen Reviews

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June 1, 2020
A terrific new girls-can-skate-too New York City drama from San Francisco-born, Tamalpais High School-educated director Crystal Moselle.
March 4, 2020
An evocative meditation on skateboarding culture and nascent womanhood.
February 5, 2020
No words are spoken towards the end, just a text followed by a seamless shot at dusk, and it's perfect.
January 23, 2020
Mosellle isn't breaking that much new ground here. But what is fresh and different is that she never judges, punishes or, most importantly, exploits her character's behavior.
March 30, 2019
It transcends the common boundaries of Hollywood filmmaking and becomes a living spiritual entity, encompassing the essence and tone of youth.
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.
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.
January 5, 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.
December 22, 2018
The view Moselle gives us of this subculture is intimate and occasionally a little strange, but every second is captivating.
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 9, 2018
The quasi-documentary from The Wolfpack director Crystal Moselle will grind its way into your heart.
November 9, 2018
Forget those glossy dystopias studios force on younger audiences. American indies are going directly to the source to portray adolescents.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
September 28, 2018
Skate Kitchen is a wonderfully lyrical and well-observed rites of passage story.
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.
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.
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