'Skateland' Critic Reviews

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MovieWeb:   0 reviews
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Rotten Tomatoes:   26 reviews
  • Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    59
    The film hinges on too many conventional crises (a car accident, a divorce), but the fact that Burns is better at atmosphere than story isn't all bad.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Jeannette Catsoulis New York Times (Top Critic)
    70
    Anthony Burns's sweetly nostalgic re-creation of small-town Texas in the early 1980s.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Nick Pinkerton Village Voice (Top Critic)
    Fernandez looks like a young Joaquin Phoenix, and everything else here is off-brand familiar.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    40
    Though noticeably lacking in originality, Anthony Burns' low-key directorial debut skates by on the charms of its hazy wistfulness and a likable cast.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Amy Biancolli Houston Chronicle (Top Critic)
    50
    Like so many other films set in the Reagan era, Anthony Burns' directorial debut fails to acknowledge the lingering and pervasive angst that shaped anyone growing up in the late Cold War.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Bill Goodykoontz Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    60
    A film with some engaging performances and a swell soundtrack whose biggest problem is that it wants to be "Dazed and Confused" when it grows up.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Lou Lumenick New York Post (Top Critic)
    38
    Indifferently acted, written and directed, the oft soporific "Skateland" is beautifully photographed and boasts a greatest-hits soundtrack, as well as some spot-on art direction.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Kirk Honeycutt Hollywood Reporter (Top Critic)
    Skateland is every coming-of-age-after-high-school movie you've ever seen with a formulaic plot and well-worn characters.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Kevin Thomas Los Angeles Times (Top Critic)
    60
    Manages to offer a particularly affecting, well-observed portrait of young people coming of age in an east Texas town in the 1980s.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Amy Curtis We Got This Covered
    50
    A mundane and tired story that lacks depth doesn't exactly make Skateland an exciting or even enjoyable film.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Eric Melin Scene-Stealers.com
    38
    It treads well-worn territory. Shiloh Fernandez is pretty inert in the lead role and Ashley Greene doesn't have that much to do.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Josh Bell Las Vegas Weekly
    50
    Burns rebuilds the vibe a bit toward the end, but by that time the clumsy drama has overshadowed the mellow atmosphere. It's a total bummer.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Jeffrey M. Anderson Common Sense Media
    40
    The movie tries to capture the mood of a time and place, but instead the scenes feel arbitrary and sometimes even pointless.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Frank Swietek One Guy's Opinion
    42
    Buoyed by Fernandez's nicely shaded turn...but ultimately it coasts along according to such predictable beats that it seems prefabricated.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Marc Savlov Austin Chronicle
    60
    Skateland is dedicated to the late teen film icon John Hughes. I think he'd pretty proud.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Pete Hammond Back Stage
    The performances in Skateland will serve as early evidence of the actors' supreme talent.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Ignatiy Vishnevetsky Ebert Presents At The Movies
    You get no real sense of this place.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • David Noh Film Journal International
    The filmmakers seem to want to look back at the 1980s and weep, and you may feel the same way, having wasted your time watching this.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Michelle Orange Movieline
    75
    Burns handles the more dramatic moments - divorce, accidental death, betrayal - with invention, using abrupt cuts and impressionistic editing to keep the film from settling into a rut.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Robert Levin amNewYork
    75
    This is familiar narrative terrain, of course. But it's affectionately re-worked in Burns' atmospheric rendition.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Alison Willmore AV Club
    42
    Anthony Burns' directorial debut is all trappings, with very little there there, giving the mind plenty of time to wander through compare-and-contrast games. Skateland is more soundtrack than substance.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Joshua Rothkopf Time Out New York
    40
    Dedicating a movie to John Hughes doesn't equal capturing the master's ear for the universality of adolescent angst.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Dustin Putman DustinPutman.com
    63
    Paints a detailed, believable glimpse of the 1980s and has an impressively extensive soundtrack of decade-specific tunes to go with it.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Andrew Schenker Slant Magazine
    38
    The film is awash in shallow cultural references, from its wall-to-wall period tunes to its overemphasized pop-culture minutiae.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Cole Smithey ColeSmithey.com
    17
    As bland melodramas go "Skateland" manages to stare up at the bottom rung.
    Full Review » 3 years ago