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Stoked: The Rise and Fall of Gator Reviews

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
August 6, 2008
An exhilarating and terrifying journey through youth-culture hell.
August 20, 2004
Thoroughly compelling documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 20, 2004
The movie fails to pull off all its trick moves.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
November 6, 2003
Offers a fascinating look into the skater's tumble from grace, as well as chronicling the renaissance of his rebel sport.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
September 11, 2003
[An] unflinching documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 5, 2003
Gives us a succinct sense of an entire youth culture and the marketing of a fleeting mini-legend.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
August 21, 2003
A skillfully organized account of Mr. Rogowski's life and of the sport's boom period.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
August 21, 2003
Well depicts the darker side of our ephemeral, celebrity- worshipping culture.
August 21, 2003
An absorbing and meticulous piece of reportage.
August 21, 2003
On a strictly mechanical level, even skateboard fanatics likely will find it embarrassingly self-congratulatory.
August 19, 2003
Serves up a gripping look at skate history through an investigation of one of its darker moments.