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  • Summary: From the dangerous waves off a long-forgotten pier to the concrete wasteland of a city slum, Lords of Dogtown brings to cinematic life the rebel beginnings of some unforgettable sports culture stars. (Sony)
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  1. Positive: 16 out of 35
  2. Negative: 3 out of 35
  1. Lords of Dogtown is a docudrama, rare in its grit and authenticity, that also strives for the mythical youth-rebel excitement of something like "8 Mile."
  2. 75
    Though the fiction doesn't quite equal the documentary in razzle-dazzle impact, it's a credible, handsome and engaging entertainment.
  3. 75
    Hardwicke whips up a frenzy of crazy-cool board action, with Alva choreographing the stunts. Even when the slippery-slope-of-success cliches halt the film's momentum, the ready-to-rock actors rev it up again.
  4. Reviewed by: Ed Halter
    60
    Hardwicke's pop-Cassavetes melodrama nevertheless rides as smoothly as a big-budget after-school special, capturing youth struggles from an appropriately blown-out teen's-eye perspective.
  5. 50
    Inept storytelling is one of Lords of Dogtown's great frustrations.
  6. Lords of Dogtown isn't a cop-out, but rather an ever-so-slight concession to commercialism.
  7. 20
    Has all the energy and spontaneity of a bowl of waxed fruit. If watching "Dogtown and Z-Boys" was tantamount to witnessing history itself, watching "Lords of Dogtown," which Peralta wrote, feels more like watching a stiff, meticulously choreographed reenactment.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 23
  2. Negative: 3 out of 23
  1. AmandaN.
    Apr 30, 2006
    10
    This movie is great one of the best movies i have ever seen it is one of my favs. i'm sure going to own it soon, If u haven't seen This movie is great one of the best movies i have ever seen it is one of my favs. i'm sure going to own it soon, If u haven't seen it, Its a must see! Expand
  2. SarahP.
    Jul 29, 2006
    10
    it was amazing! i totally loved it!
  3. Feb 22, 2013
    7
    Lords of Dogtown is a film about the legendary Z-Boys, who are credited with the creation of modern day skateboarding. The film chronicles theLords of Dogtown is a film about the legendary Z-Boys, who are credited with the creation of modern day skateboarding. The film chronicles the height of their success in the late 70's and their struggles in creating and rising to the top of a whole new industry. The story is terrific, written by one of the actual Z-Boys, but the way it was filmed was problematic. The beginning of the film is very choppy and confusing, honestly it's difficult to know who is who and what's going on until about the half way point of the film. The Z-Boys are the basis and stars of the film, but it's Heath Ledger who steals the show. He really had a gift for picking up on every mannerism and movement a person makes. People who know his character, Skip, say it's scary how much like him Ledger was. He was a truly gifted actor who would have been a legend. As for the film, it was interesting and a lot of information about a sport I always liked but never really thought much about. It's a bit confusing and shot in a weird style, but overall it really was pretty good. Expand
  4. stanleyh.
    Oct 27, 2005
    5
    Ok,could of been better.
  5. YossA.
    Oct 7, 2005
    3
    Pretty boring. I didn't find the characters or the story interesting at all. Even all the skateboarding didn't exactly thrill me.
  6. craigs.
    Oct 3, 2005
    2
    The worst movie I've seen in years - terrible acting by e veryone - especially Ledger - what a joke he is - such hollow cartoony The worst movie I've seen in years - terrible acting by e veryone - especially Ledger - what a joke he is - such hollow cartoony characters - surely the real people were'nt such losers. love the doco and the era -this sucks ! Expand

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