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Based on 35 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 2 )
  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Hardwicke whips up a frenzy of crazy-cool board action, with Alva choreographing the stunts. Even when the slippery-slope-of-success cliches halt the film's momentum, the ready-to-rock actors rev it up again. show more

  • 75
    Peter Hartlaub San Francisco Chronicle

    Peralta uses the creative liberties of fiction to focus on the one thing he couldn't convey in his historical record -- the sense of tribalism among skateboarders, who live by a code that most law-abiding citizens misunderstand for hooliganism. show more

  • 75
    Mike Clark USA Today

    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 out of a pool. show more

  • 40
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    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 between a bad fiction film and the first-rate documentary that inspired it. show more

  • 63
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    The film doesn't hold together in any compelling way. show more

  • 38
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    A tormented dramatization of the exact same events, and it's as bad as the earlier film ("Dogtown and Z-Boys") was good. show more

  • 60
    Frank Scheck The Hollywood Reporter

    Takes a surprisingly gritty approach that gives the material some gravitas but also robs it of some of its fun. show more

  • 75
    Wesley Morris Boston Globe

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

  • 63
    New York Post

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

  • 63
    Rick Groen The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    So the questions arises: Why bother watching the contrived fiction when the eye-popping fact is readily available? Answer: Why, indeed. show more

  • March 29, 2009 Linda
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    I really liked this movie....and before I go further, I am 59y/o and really not too into "teen flicks" of the garden vareity...I liked all the actors, of course Heath...the photography was awesome...and what I really like is the fact that Ms Hardwicke is in touch with teenagers, she doesn't try to demean them, nor does she glorify, she just tells it as it is...I look forward to more of her work...

  • June 27, 2008 DylanG2020
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    I thought this movie is a really good flick to check out. It gives you the full effect of the Dogtown legend skateboarders and the 70's. This movie is like nothing I've seen before! Good acting and the movie will keep you intrested. Lords of Dogtown is worth a watch!

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