The Tribes of Palos Verdes (2017)

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Critic Consensus: The Tribes of Palos Verdes serves up a minor -- albeit alluringly atmospheric -- variation on the coming-of-age story, led by a strong performance from Maika Monroe.

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When teenage Medina (Maika Monroe) moves with her family to the picture-postcard perfect paradise of Palos Verdes, California, they seem headed for a happy new chapter in their lives. But old troubles soon catch up to them, as Medina's parents' marriage disintegrates, her mother (Jennifer Garner) spirals into an emotional freefall, and her twin brother (Cody Fern) turns to drugs. Caught in the middle of it all, Medina must rely on her inner strength to become the stabilizing force in her family, while finding refuge in a new passion: surfing. Set amidst the sun-kissed beaches and crystal blue waters of the California coast, The Tribes of Palos Verdes is a stirring look at how life's greatest challenges forge who we become.

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All Critics (21) | Top Critics (8)

It's a gorgeous-looking, sensitively edited film to be sure, but never finds a dramatic foothold, no matter how many manic arguments and drug overdoses it throws our way.

Aug 13, 2018 | Full Review…

What's the point of white privilege if it doesn't protect you from disaster and despair?

Dec 15, 2017 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

The directors get some melancholic atmosphere out of their visuals but don't have the scene sense to build their actors' committed performances into compelling through-lines of seaside personality disintegration.

Dec 7, 2017 | Full Review…

It demonstrates a remarkable sense of atmosphere and place.

Dec 6, 2017 | Full Review…
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This is pretty standard stuff, and it's not always rendered too convincingly.

Dec 1, 2017 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

The Malloys' filmmaking never rises to the level of the actors' nuanced performances. The actors are energized, but the camera enervates.

Nov 30, 2017 | Full Review…

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