Stoked: The Rise and Fall of Gator Reviews

August 6, 2008
A decent enough documentary albeit one about an appalling person.
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.
August 6, 2008
An exhilarating and terrifying journey through youth-culture hell.
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.
February 20, 2007
Unforgettable.
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.
August 20, 2004
Thoroughly compelling documentary.
August 20, 2004
The movie fails to pull off all its trick moves.
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.
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.
June 22, 2004
Consistently throughout the film, Stickler skates right over the crux of the matter.
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.
March 22, 2004
Tells a fascinating and very sad story ... and gives us lots of cool skateboard action along the way
February 2, 2004
December 26, 2003
Picks up the history of skateboarding where Stacy Peralta's Dogtown and Z-Boys leaves off.
December 26, 2003
Stickler has to be resourceful to tell this tale, and her storytelling methods are competent.
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.
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.
November 21, 2003
Engrossing and unusual.
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.