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6.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 29 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 29
  2. Negative: 5 out of 29

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  1. Aug 8, 2014
    0
    you need special skill to make a unwatchable movie with Emma Roberts in,Eureka they just did it .
    This is so boring and unbearable.Another proof that James franco not suited for lead actor role.
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69

Generally favorable reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 33
  2. Negative: 1 out of 33
  1. Reviewed by: Rene Rodriguez
    Jun 12, 2014
    50
    Palo Alto is a pale imitation of the early novels of Bret Easton Ellis, who wrote about young ennui and misdirection from the inside out.
  2. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Jun 11, 2014
    75
    The stories might work better separately as uninterrupted short films. Combined, they lack cohesion but suggest that Coppola has a fine framing eye and ability to guide actors to good work.
  3. Reviewed by: Jeff Baker
    May 30, 2014
    50
    Palo Alto is "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" without the wit; "River's Edge" without the depth. It's like reading a first novel by a talented writer who has something to say but isn't yet sure how to say it.