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This Ain't California Reviews

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December 5, 2013
Fooling an audience should surely be done with honest and open mischief, not with sheepish postscripts from film-makers hoping we might have been hornswoggled.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
April 9, 2013
It ain't bad, though all that detritus detracts from a far more interesting history lesson on repression and rebellion that's left on the periphery.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 5, 2013
There are some intriguing concepts here, but they are muddied by the needless flights of undeclared fancy, coming close to bad faith.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
December 5, 2013
A moving and energetic portrait, cushioned by a punching soundtrack, that poignantly tells the story of a carefree period in three teenage skateboarders' lives growing up in the German Democratic Republic.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
April 8, 2013
While the film is deeply romantic and nostalgic, possessing a genuine reverence for youth and rebellion, it's also something of a tragedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 29, 2013
Persiel's film entertains, but the nagging sense that it's mostly a ruse limits true engagement.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 30, 2013
Even knowing the artifice, it's an excellent and extremely enjoyable film. Indeed, knowing the artifice, it's way more impressive ... However true it isn't, it's a lovely evocation of what might have been.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
September 8, 2013
The documentary examines how the American hip-hop movement-exposed to those of the GDR ... and in particular skateboarding and beatboxing were seen as creative outlets for the oppressed youth of the nation that had succumbed to 'grey boredom'.
December 8, 2013
Whether faux found footage or not, This Ain't California is a joy ride, and not only for skateboarders or anyone else who experienced life on either side of the Berlin Wall.
April 14, 2013
A masterpiece of editing and re-creation resulting in one of the most enthralling stories of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: A
April 12, 2013
A trove of home videos, vintage commercial and propaganda footage and black-and-white animation dress up this energetic if somewhat unfocused look at the birth of skateboarding in the German Democratic Republic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 11, 2013
What the director is perhaps aiming for is a documentary of feeling rather than historical accuracy...the filmmaking is so accomplished that any potential notions of being hoodwinked can be forgiven.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
April 12, 2013
"This Ain't California" offers a vivid immersion in the hidden skateboarding culture of the former East Germany.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
April 9, 2013
Martin Persiel's splendid "documentary" could well be subtitled "And It Ain't the Truth."
April 16, 2013
Prize-winning documentary paints an affecting tale of young GDR rebels on wheels, but is marred by a busy, self-conscious aesthetic approach.
December 1, 2013
A fun and frothy mock-doc with a message buried in its axle.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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