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  • Summary: This documentary tells the true story of how kids living in Santa Monica, CA in the 1970's brought their surfing styles into skateboarding and revolutionized the sport.
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  1. Positive: 23 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. An improbably bountiful subject -- kids on skateboards turning themselves into virtuoso artist-athletes -- has been brought to life in a wonderful, unpretentious documentary.
  2. Reviewed by: Meredith Brody
    90
    Propulsive and highly satisfying documentary.
  3. 90
    Enormously enjoyable, high-adrenaline documentary.
  4. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    75
    The film is, however, almost inevitably wistful for the past, and many of its emotional touches come from juxtaposed then-and-now footage of the participants.
  5. Few sports films catch their time, place and sport so well. For skateboard fans, this is a must. But it's also a great ride if you know nothing about the sport or what it meant. At the end of this movie, you will.
  6. Reviewed by: Jeff Stark
    70
    This movie is a sun-dappled documentary about skateboarding, about the thrill of speed, the joy of reckless youth. Turning it into an academic example of the problems of history -- of who tells it and how it gets told -- is a lot less fun.
  7. A more impartial filmmaker might have understood the need for other voices to balance against all that attitude, might have understood how hungry the film makes us for even a single non-adulatory moment.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13