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83
Based on 27 Reviews
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  • 88
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    The film's sound design, sampling Beethoven and Nino Rota, among others, links up with visual miracles performed by Rain Kathy Li and Wong Kar-Wai's noted cinematographer, Christopher Doyle (In the Mood for Love), to take us inside Alex's head. The result, a defiant slap at slick Hollywood formula, is mesmerizing. show more

  • 100
    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 again, then rolls into silence. show more

  • 90
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    It's a new and inspired vision of a familiar state of being -- teenage anomie amidst the crumbling wreckage of a middle-class American family. In the space of 78 minutes, Mr. Van Sant and his cinematographer, the peerless Christopher Doyle, manage to suffuse that state with haunting sadness, ubiquitous danger, pulsing power and flickers of hope. show more

  • 63
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    The fluid film cinematography of Christopher Doyle and Rain Kathy Li, intercut with grainy Super-8 shots of park regulars, tracks the skaters in their free-flying, free-styling and free-falling grace. In these privileged moments, the film is close to transcendence, defying time, space and gravity. show more

  • 75
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    The story's fractured structure - and Christopher Doyle's dreamlike cinematography - make for a striking mood piece. show more

  • 80
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    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 focused portrait of how these rapidly maturing young people act, think, speak and behave. show more

  • 88
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    “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 says a great deal. show more

  • 88
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    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 hell of growing up that makes the film such a profound and lasting pleasure. show more

  • 88
    Glenn Kenny Premiere

    It's terribly strong -- in structural ingenuity, emotional pull, and particularly visual beauty. show more

  • 88
    The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    It might seem, from 2002's "Gerry" to his ersatz Kurt Cobain biopic, "Last Days," that Gus Van Sant has been making the same movie: an enigmatic and poetic paean to (teenaged) male beauty, disaffection and inscrutability. show more

  • October 31, 2008 Fookster 44
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    This movie was amazing. I reccomend it to anyone that wants to ruin there Friday night. I hit myself in the balls over and over so mad that I made myself watch this movie. I hate you Bill for making my night trash. I am going to go ice my balls and pass out.

  • September 26, 2008 RoxyPox1014
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    This movie was awful.

  • August 09, 2008 SurfboardSurfer4
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    THE ENDING SUCKED , I DONT KNOW WHAT THE PERSON ABOVE ME WAS TALKING ABOUT , MAYBE THEY SMOKED POT BEFORE THEY POSTED IT. BUT BESIDES THAT I COULDNT STOP WATCHING THE MOVIE, IT REALLY HELD MY ATTENTION, I JUST DIDNT LIKE HOW IT ENDED . I HOPE THERE WILL BE A SECOND ONE COMMING OUT SOMETIME SOON , I REALLY WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS

  • August 05, 2008 Skate4gesus
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    This movie looked great on the cover and had a 5 star rating and said a ride to remeber it was a ride to remember alright ill remember how bad it sucked there would be 10 minute scenes of him walking down the hallway and skater's the weren't even in the movie i thought he stole some youtube video's and put them up there. And the ending didn't even find out if he go's to jail this movie really sucked

  • May 22, 2008 crchec
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    I havn't seen anything this nice before.I liked the movie because I havn't reaally seen too many like them before.It was very interesting and I just couldn't take my eyes off the movie.It was a good movie and I willprobably go and see it again real soon.All of the luck!!!

  • May 22, 2008 johno747
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    I apologized to my date for taking her to such a poorly filmed and stupid movie. Paranoid Park may look good if you are in a drug induced coma. I would have asked for my money back had I not been ashamed to admit sitting through it. I give this film a minus one star.

  • May 22, 2008 boingo619
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    If you don't get this movie you probably should have been drowned at birth this movie is amazing cinematically genius the cinematography was among the best I've ever seen the plot was interesting and not obvious and the ending was perfect. Gus made his swan song. Congrats to Gus.

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