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Stoked: The Rise and Fall of Gator Reviews

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Richard Luck
August 6, 2008
A decent enough documentary albeit one about an appalling person.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
August 6, 2008
It's fascinating to see the process by which skateboarding, in all its concrete grittiness, was transformed into a mainstream activity of consumer cool.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
August 6, 2008
An exhilarating and terrifying journey through youth-culture hell.
Josh Ralske
All Movie Guide
October 26, 2007
A near-perfect time capsule of a specific moment in our culture, and a telling analysis of instant celebrity and the fickleness of youth culture.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Cole Smithey
February 20, 2007
| Original Score: 4/5
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John Terauds
Toronto Star
August 20, 2004
Thoroughly compelling documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matt Kelemen
Las Vegas CityLife
April 1, 2004
Unlike Stacy Peralta's romantically nostalgic '70s skate-umentary Dogtown & Z Boys, Stickler delves into the dirty details, even showing the decomposed remains of his victim.
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
March 22, 2004
Tells a fascinating and very sad story ... and gives us lots of cool skateboard action along the way
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
December 26, 2003
Picks up the history of skateboarding where Stacy Peralta's Dogtown and Z-Boys leaves off.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
December 26, 2003
Stickler has to be resourceful to tell this tale, and her storytelling methods are competent.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Todd Gilchrist
December 15, 2003
A fascinating study of the '80s not merely captivated by leg warmers and shoulder pads, but by the tenor of our cultural obsessions at the time.
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
November 23, 2003
Packed to the rafters with fine old competition footage and clips from Vision's wildly popular skateboarding videos, but it's Gator's imprisoned voice ... that lends the film its most tragic overtones.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Kim Morgan
November 21, 2003
Engrossing and unusual.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
November 14, 2003
[Stickler] does such a fine job of depicting the skill and thrill of skateboarding, she also helps us understand that Gator's downfall really came about because he hit the top of his sport at the exact moment it was about to change into something else.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
November 6, 2003
Offers a fascinating look into the skater's tumble from grace, as well as chronicling the renaissance of his rebel sport.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
October 9, 2003
Even when sketched in broad terms, Rogowski's downward spiral makes for compelling viewing, and to her credit, director Stickler never romanticizes her subject.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
October 2, 2003
Stickler deftly weaves Gator's tragedy in with an entertaining larger story of how skateboarding captured youth culture.
Full Review| Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
September 26, 2003
By focusing on the self-immolation of the thoroughly despicable skateboarding star Mark "Gator" Rogowski, Stoked makes us all question the eternal chase for popularity and acceptance that takes up so much of daily life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
September 14, 2003
Tells a story of sudden success and abject failure that, apart from the skateboarding setting, isn't all that unusual...but it's told well enough to be worth a look.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Allison Benedikt
Chicago Tribune
September 11, 2003
[An] unflinching documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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