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Skateland Reviews

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June 16, 2011
A film with some engaging performances and a swell soundtrack whose biggest problem is that it wants to be "Dazed and Confused" when it grows up.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 20, 2011
Skateland is dedicated to the late teen film icon John Hughes. I think he'd pretty proud.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 16, 2011
The performances in Skateland will serve as early evidence of the actors' supreme talent.
May 12, 2011
Anthony Burns's sweetly nostalgic re-creation of small-town Texas in the early 1980s.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
May 12, 2011
Manages to offer a particularly affecting, well-observed portrait of young people coming of age in an east Texas town in the 1980s.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 12, 2011
This is familiar narrative terrain, of course. But it's affectionately re-worked in Burns' atmospheric rendition.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 12, 2011
Burns handles the more dramatic moments - divorce, accidental death, betrayal - with invention, using abrupt cuts and impressionistic editing to keep the film from settling into a rut.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.5/10
May 11, 2011
The film hinges on too many conventional crises (a car accident, a divorce), but the fact that Burns is better at atmosphere than story isn't all bad.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
May 10, 2011
Paints a detailed, believable glimpse of the 1980s and has an impressively extensive soundtrack of decade-specific tunes to go with it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 15, 2011
Burns, a former journalist and screenwriter, and cameraman Peter Simonite make great use of the film's East Texas setting. Skateland may be produced with limited resources, but Burns captures the look and spirit of the times with perfect detail.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 13, 2013
A mundane and tired story that lacks depth doesn't exactly make Skateland an exciting or even enjoyable film.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
October 27, 2011
It treads well-worn territory. Shiloh Fernandez is pretty inert in the lead role and Ashley Greene doesn't have that much to do.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
June 4, 2011
Burns rebuilds the vibe a bit toward the end, but by that time the clumsy drama has overshadowed the mellow atmosphere. It's a total bummer.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
June 3, 2011
The movie tries to capture the mood of a time and place, but instead the scenes feel arbitrary and sometimes even pointless.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
May 20, 2011
Like so many other films set in the Reagan era, Anthony Burns' directorial debut fails to acknowledge the lingering and pervasive angst that shaped anyone growing up in the late Cold War.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 20, 2011
Buoyed by Fernandez's nicely shaded turn...but ultimately it coasts along according to such predictable beats that it seems prefabricated.
Full Review | Original Score: C
May 16, 2011
You get no real sense of this place.
May 13, 2011
The filmmakers seem to want to look back at the 1980s and weep, and you may feel the same way, having wasted your time watching this.
May 13, 2011
Indifferently acted, written and directed, the oft soporific "Skateland" is beautifully photographed and boasts a greatest-hits soundtrack, as well as some spot-on art direction.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
May 13, 2011
Though noticeably lacking in originality, Anthony Burns' low-key directorial debut skates by on the charms of its hazy wistfulness and a likable cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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