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Skateland Reviews

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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
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
Pete Hammond
Back Stage
May 16, 2011
The performances in Skateland will serve as early evidence of the actors' supreme talent.
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
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
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
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
Robert Levin
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
Michelle Orange
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
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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-
Dustin Putman
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
Steve Ramos
Boxoffice Magazine
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
Amy Curtis
We Got This Covered
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
Eric Melin
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
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
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
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Common Sense Media
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
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
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
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
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
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
Ebert Presents At The Movies
May 16, 2011
You get no real sense of this place.
David Noh
Film Journal International
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.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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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