Paranoid Park Synopsis
A teenage skateboarder (Gabe Nevins) remains silent about his role in the death of a security guard.
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San Francisco Chronicle

Appropriately structured like a ride on skateboard: It swoops back and forth in time, hovers in midair, twists back on itself over and over...
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90

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
It's a new and inspired vision of a familiar state of being -- teenage anomie amidst the crumbling wreckage of a middle-class American...
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88

Miami Herald

By Rene Rodriguez
The story of Paranoid Park may center on an extreme and unusual case, but it's Van Sant's understanding of -- and compassion for -- the...
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88

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
The film's sound design, sampling Beethoven and Nino Rota, among others, links up with visual miracles performed by Rain Kathy Li and Wong...
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88

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
“Elephant” may have won the Palme d’Or at Cannes but it really didn’t have anything to say about anything. Modest and artful, Paranoid Park...
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83

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Paranoid Park has the slightly glum insularity of minimalist fiction, but it's the first of Van Sant's blitzed-generation films in which a...
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80

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
In Paranoid Park, Gus Van Sant enters the world of high school kids just as he did in "Elephant," achieving this time a much sharper, more...
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75

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
Slight but fascinating.
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75

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
The story's fractured structure - and Christopher Doyle's dreamlike cinematography - make for a striking mood piece.
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63

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
The fluid film cinematography of Christopher Doyle and Rain Kathy Li, intercut with grainy Super-8 shots of park regulars, tracks the...
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Park-ing NOT Recommended for “PARANOID PARK” =

By jimchudnow
I’ve liked a lot of work done by director Gus Van Sant. This 80+-minute endeavor, however, is NOT one of them. What some people may call “art-sy” in this film, I call SLOW-moving. It’s the sometimes...

Paranoid Park

By gfunfsinn
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Rated R | For some disturbing images, language and sexual content
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 16+ Poetic, disturbing story of lonely teen skater.
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