Stoked: The Rise and Fall of Gator - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Stoked: The Rise and Fall of Gator Reviews

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
August 5, 2004
Despite doing a fine job telling this trajectory skateboarder bio, Stickler's tale lacked an edge and the power to make this story stick in the ribs.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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John Anderson
Newsday
August 21, 2003
On a strictly mechanical level, even skateboard fanatics likely will find it embarrassingly self-congratulatory.
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Leah McLaren
Globe and Mail
August 20, 2004
The movie fails to pull off all its trick moves.
| Original Score: 2/4
Martin Scribbs
Low IQ Canadian
September 1, 2004
Stoked gives a young woman's rape and murder almost no narrative weight -- it is merely the disappointing spoiler to a talented skateboarder's career.
June 22, 2004
Consistently throughout the film, Stickler skates right over the crux of the matter.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
August 21, 2003
An absorbing and meticulous piece of reportage.
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Matt Weitz
Dallas Morning News
September 4, 2003
Archival footage and interviews with contemporaries round out the rest of the film, illustrating Gator's life without really illuminating it.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
September 5, 2003
Despite Stickler's best efforts at putting his crimes into psychological and sociocultural context, Gator never emerges as anything but a blatant and outspoken -- and virulently brutal -- jerk.
Paul Sherman
Boston Herald
February 2, 2004
| Original Score: 2/4

Empire Magazine
July 3, 2004
You can see why Stickler was drawn to the charismatic Gator, but his story is so extreme (he is serving life for murder) that it effectively unbalances the project.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
Todd Gilchrist
FilmStew.com
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.
Chris Barsanti
Filmcritic.com
August 25, 2003
an excellent snapshot of the passion and mania of skateboarding in the 1980s.
| Original Score: 3/5
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
February 20, 2007
Unforgettable.
| Original Score: 4/5
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
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
August 21, 2003
A skillfully organized account of Mr. Rogowski's life and of the sport's boom period.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
September 5, 2003
The calculus of a craze's honest genesis, heady peak, exploitation, and burnout is so familiar by now as to be numbing, but Stoked makes it fresh because it has the primary sources at hand.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
September 5, 2003
Gives us a succinct sense of an entire youth culture and the marketing of a fleeting mini-legend.
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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
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.
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Boston Phoenix
September 13, 2003
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 3, 2003
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