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Stoked: The Rise and Fall of Gator Reviews

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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.
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John Terauds
Toronto Star
August 20, 2004
Thoroughly compelling documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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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
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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
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 3, 2003
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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
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Allison Benedikt
Chicago Tribune
September 11, 2003
[An] unflinching documentary.
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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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.
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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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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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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
August 29, 2003
The rise and fall of a pop-culture hero seems hardly noteworthy these days, yet Helen Stickler's documentary Stoked: The Rise and Fall of Gator resonates, with a tale so dark it's difficult to shake.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
August 29, 2003
Excels as both a tragedy and a celebration of skateboarding, showing how mass marketing legitimized the sport while fueling Gator's demise.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
August 28, 2003
A story that is unexpectedly poignant even though it's told to an insistent punk rock beat.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Scott Foundas
Variety
August 27, 2003
An account of an entire generation's loss of innocence -- a more streetwise variant on Stacy Peralta's fine Dogtown and Z-Boys.
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Megan Lehmann
New York Post
August 21, 2003
Works effectively as a comprehensive biopic and as a cautionary tale, with wider applications, about the dangers of going too far too fast.
| Original Score: 3/4
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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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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
August 21, 2003
Well depicts the darker side of our ephemeral, celebrity- worshipping culture.
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
August 21, 2003
An absorbing and meticulous piece of reportage.
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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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Ed Halter
Village Voice
August 19, 2003
Serves up a gripping look at skate history through an investigation of one of its darker moments.