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Skateland Reviews

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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
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
Ebert Presents At The Movies
May 16, 2011
You get no real sense of this place.
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
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine
May 8, 2011
The film is awash in shallow cultural references, from its wall-to-wall period tunes to its overemphasized pop-culture minutiae.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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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
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
May 12, 2011
Skateland is every coming-of-age-after-high-school movie you've ever seen with a formulaic plot and well-worn characters.
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Alison Willmore
AV Club
May 12, 2011
Anthony Burns' directorial debut is all trappings, with very little there there, giving the mind plenty of time to wander through compare-and-contrast games. Skateland is more soundtrack than substance.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Cole Smithey
April 25, 2011
As bland melodramas go "Skateland" manages to stare up at the bottom rung.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
May 11, 2011
Fernandez looks like a young Joaquin Phoenix, and everything else here is off-brand familiar.
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
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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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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
May 10, 2011
Dedicating a movie to John Hughes doesn't equal capturing the master's ear for the universality of adolescent angst.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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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
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.
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
Pete Hammond
Back Stage
May 16, 2011
The performances in Skateland will serve as early evidence of the actors' supreme talent.
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
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
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