Stoked: The Rise and Fall of Gator Reviews

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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.
August 20, 2004
Thoroughly compelling documentary.
August 20, 2004
The movie fails to pull off all its trick moves.
June 22, 2004
Consistently throughout the film, Stickler skates right over the crux of the matter.
November 6, 2003
Offers a fascinating look into the skater's tumble from grace, as well as chronicling the renaissance of his rebel sport.
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.
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.
September 11, 2003
[An] unflinching documentary.
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.
September 4, 2003
Archival footage and interviews with contemporaries round out the rest of the film, illustrating Gator's life without really illuminating it.
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.
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.
August 28, 2003
A story that is unexpectedly poignant even though it's told to an insistent punk rock beat.
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.
August 21, 2003
A skillfully organized account of Mr. Rogowski's life and of the sport's boom period.
August 21, 2003
Well depicts the darker side of our ephemeral, celebrity- worshipping culture.
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