Lords of Dogtown Synopsis
Californians (Emile Hirsch, Victor Rasuk, John Robinson) pioneer a new style of skateboarding.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Lords of Dogtown is a docudrama, rare in its grit and authenticity, that also strives for the mythical youth-rebel excitement of something...
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Hartlaub
Peralta uses the creative liberties of fiction to focus on the one thing he couldn't convey in his historical record -- the sense of...
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75

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
The movie is like a daydream, and it's most infectious when the characters are in motion or misbehaving, which is often.
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75

USA Today

By Mike Clark
The skating scenes are their own reward: It's hard to think of a movie since 1950's "Sunset Boulevard" that has gotten more dramatic impact...
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75

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Hardwicke whips up a frenzy of crazy-cool board action, with Alva choreographing the stunts. Even when the slippery-slope-of-success...
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63

New York Post

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The story meanders from competition to competition (up the ramps, down the ramps) and seems like it could end at any point. The characters...
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63

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
The film doesn't hold together in any compelling way.
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60

The Hollywood Reporter

By Frank Scheck
Takes a surprisingly gritty approach that gives the material some gravitas but also robs it of some of its fun.
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40

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
If Lords of Dogtown accomplishes nothing else, it shows how hard writing a fiction film can be, and what a vast artistic distance can stand...
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38

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
A tormented dramatization of the exact same events, and it's as bad as the earlier film ("Dogtown and Z-Boys") was good.
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Rated PG-13 | For drug and alcohol content, sexuality, violence, language and reckless behavior - all involving teens
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Common Sense Media says Iffy for 14+ Portrait of Venice, CA, '70s teen skater culture.
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