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Based on 33 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    A hypnotic movie of harsh truth and healing compassion. It sticks with you. show more

  • 50
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Nothing in the story feels specific to that California city, or emblematic of it. show more

  • 50
    Scott Bowles USA Today

    Palo Alto marks one of those rare films that is so accurate in its portrayal of characters that the movie suffers for it. show more

  • 80
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Ms. Coppola, who is Francis Coppola's granddaughter, has made a coming-of-age film about a culture in which few people — adults included — ever grow up. It's essentially plotless and slowly paced, much like the recent work of her aunt, Sofia Coppola, but astutely observed, full of fine performances and ever so guardedly hopeful about April and the boy who adores her. show more

  • 60
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    Instead of falling into exaggerated exploitation, Coppola always stays true to the essence of adolescence — that sense of waiting, reacting and then waiting some more. show more

  • 80
    Todd McCarthy The Hollywood Reporter

    The best feature film directed by someone named Coppola in a number of years. show more

  • 85
    Alonso Duralde The Wrap

    Coppola doesn't let these kids off the hook for their stupid decisions, of which they make many, but she's not judging them for their folly, either. Unchecked privilege and clueless parents are trotted out as part of the problem, but Coppola seems more interested in exploring human frailty and vulnerability than she is in digging for a social statement. show more

  • 87
    David Ehrlich

    Palo Alto is one of the best movies ever made about high school life in America (admittedly a low bar), blurring the lines between how unique it is to be a teenager, and how universal it is to feel like one. show more

  • 75
    Sara Stewart New York Post

    The result is a thoughtful, dreamlike (at times, nightmarish) tour through the day-to-day lives of several suburban California teens. show more

  • 75
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    It’s a solid debut, and it gets to the heart of suburban adolescence in ways that slicker, more ostensibly mature movies don’t. That includes Aunt Sofia’s “The Bling Ring.” show more

  • May 24, 2014 dukedewf
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    What a combination of misguided youth. Hopefully this is not representative of today's youth. Glad none of my children were like these in the 80's!!! Just sayin;........

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