Generally favorable reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  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. This collision of skate punk and pop-culture archaeology is the most entertaining slice of cultural history I've seen in years.
  3. A dazzlingly crafted documentary about the teenage surf punks of lower Los Angeles who singlehandedly transformed skateboarding into the extreme sport it has become.
  4. 90
    So much fun that its considerable worth as history and sociology seems almost incidental.
  5. Reviewed by: Meredith Brody
    Propulsive and highly satisfying documentary.
  6. Reviewed by: Curt Fields
    Using home movies, photos, a brilliant soundtrack and candid, articulate interviews, director Stacy Peralta (one of the original Z-boys) details the birth of a pop culture phenomenon.
  7. 90
    Enormously enjoyable, high-adrenaline documentary.
  8. 89
    That they were just hormonally blitzkrieged kids at the time, unaware of their role in history, only makes Peralta's superior doc that much more winning.
  9. 88
    Raucous look at an equally raucous phenomenon.
  10. 88
    There's great action moviemaking here: You learn what it means to "carve" a pool, as you learn what it means to "close off" the boxing ring in Ali.
  11. Reviewed by: Jonathan Perry
    Does a terrific job of evoking the electric magic of an extraordinary era.
  12. 83
    The overall effect is awe and affection -- and a strange urge to get on a board and, uh, shred, dude.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 23 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. JohnL.
    Oct 14, 2005
    I really enjoyed this documentary and thats saying a lot because I usually find them pretty boring.