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  • Summary: Skateland explores the rupture of charismatic Ritchie Wheeler, brother and sister Brent and Michelle Burkham, and wise-cracking lady-killer Kenny Crawford’s seemingly complacent existence as they struggle with the collapse of their tumultuous home lives, the alcohol-induced idling of reckless adolescence, and the wane of their hometown hangout, the local roller rink. (Freestyle Releasing) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. Reviewed by: Steve Ramos
    May 9, 2011
    80
    Burns captures the look and spirit of the times with perfect detail.
  2. Reviewed by: Michelle Orange
    May 12, 2011
    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.
  3. Reviewed by: Kevin Thomas
    May 12, 2011
    70
    Not on the same artistic level as "The Last Picture Show" yet has its own integrity and value - and a fine array of performances.
  4. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    May 12, 2011
    60
    Though leaning too heavily on period tunes and the templates of Mr. Linklater and John Hughes (to whom the film is dedicated), Mr. Burns has a distinctly spacious style that gives female characters room to breathe.
  5. Reviewed by: Alison Willmore
    May 12, 2011
    50
    If he were even a fraction as appealing to the audience as he so mysteriously is to everyone in the film, Skateland would be much more engaging.
  6. Reviewed by: Kirk Honeycutt
    Feb 21, 2011
    50
    Skateland is every coming-of-age-after-high-school movie you've ever seen with a formulaic plot and well-worn characters.
  7. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    May 13, 2011
    38
    Less than compelling as drama -- but boy is this an impressive collection of wildly ugly hairstyles, moustaches, clothing and "earth tone" furniture from 1983.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. Jul 26, 2013
    7
    Ashley Greene and Heath Freeman made this movie watchable. My issue with Skateland is the lack of depth into the characters lives. The characters seemed more like stereotypes than actual people. Expand
  2. May 18, 2011
    7
    Could a movie be more derivative of Dazed & Confused? (Actually, yes, The Stoned Age might qualify). But despite this, it's really not bad and worth seeing. The lead actor and his two buddies are interesting, though Ashley Greene is the breakout star of this film. She is finally able to act now that she's free of the Twilight constraints. Excellent music in this one. Definitely a bit darker than your average coming-of-age romp. Expand
  3. Jul 12, 2011
    0
    I went to this premiere and felt like everyone could hear me rolling my eyes. Cliches packed on top of other cliches. One of the worst movies I've ever seen. Expand

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