Generally favorable reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 25
  2. Negative: 1 out of 25
  1. It's a classic rags-to-riches-to-rage tale about the fatal nexus of celebrity and market forces, a story that is unexpectedly poignant even though it's told to an insistent punk rock beat.
  2. Reviewed by: Ed Halter
    Serves up a gripping look at skate history through an investigation of one of its darker moments.
  3. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    It's a pungent study of fads, trends and the way everything once genuine ends up being homogenized and exploited beyond recognition by corporate America -- a fine companion piece to Stacy Peralta's "Dogtown and Z-Boys," but with a more raw, punkish aesthetic.
  4. 80
    A mesmerizing documentary that shows the vulnerability -– and brutality -– that emerge when one is showered in recognition, only to have such fame pulled out from under him.
  5. 80
    An exhilarating and terrifying journey through youth-culture hell.
  6. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    With its compelling central character and colorful milieu, the film comes across as a combination of Greek tragedy and "Behind the Music."
  7. 78
    Skateboarding is not a crime, but the subject of this exhaustive documentary... is very much a criminal.
  8. Stoked supplies a unique perspective on the hazards of rock-star fame that went with the sport's explosion for a band of rebels who didn't see it coming -- or going.
  9. 75
    Paints a picture of a young man enamored of his own image. His enormous success turned the ever-cocky Gator egomaniacal -- and abusive.
  10. Had ''Boogie Nights'' been the tale of a California dreamer with a really long skateboard, the movie's delirious first half would have been ''Dogtown and Z-Boys,'' and its downbeat conclusion would be Stoked.
  11. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    A tale of narrow talent destroyed by pop hubris, raging insecurity, substance abuse, and murder.
  12. Reviewed by: Allison Benedikt
    Rogowski's transition from youth-culture poster boy to murderer demands deeper analysis.
  13. 70
    Stickler goes straight to the source, combining terrific archival footage with interviews of Tony Hawk, Stacy Peralta and others who knew Rogowski back in the day.
  14. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    It's an old story, but at a time when high-school-aged athletes are wooed away from real-life with staggering, multi-million dollar endorsement deals, it's one that bears repeating.
  15. 70
    An absorbing and meticulous piece of reportage.
  16. A skillfully organized account of Mr. Rogowski's life and of the sport's boom period. But despite the earnest testimony of two former girlfriends, the movie maintains a chilly distance from its subject.
  17. For strict action and a heftier soundtrack, “Dogtown” is king, but for audiences craving a story with their stunts, it's time to get Stoked.
  18. Reviewed by: Bill White
    This limited point of view, while effective in chronicling Gator's rise, is dreadfully inefficient in contextualizing his fall.
  19. 63
    Even when sketched in broad terms, Rogowski's downward spiral makes for compelling viewing, and to her credit, director Stickler never romanticizes her subject.
  20. Reviewed by: Colin Kennedy
    Perhaps it was not intended to serve as a sequel to the fabulous "Dogtown And Z-Boys," but Helen Stickler's documentary does pick up where Stacey Peralta left off, following skateboarding into the '80s boom.
  21. Reviewed by: Peter Hartlaub
    Even at 82 minutes, Stoked gets repetitious, with too much time spent on the rise and not enough on the fall.
  22. Reviewed by: Leah McLaren
    By the end of the Stoked, the viewer is left with a lot of trivia about the history of skateboarding, and scant insight.
  23. 30
    Gator never emerges as anything but a blatant and outspoken -- and virulently brutal -- jerk.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. StephenI.
    Sep 26, 2005
    I found the movie to be moving . I don't know what I feel for Mark....Noidea what Brandi McCaaine motives are and ultimately felt a I found the movie to be moving . I don't know what I feel for Mark....Noidea what Brandi McCaaine motives are and ultimately felt a strange sensation of loss for Marks first Girlfriend Britanny. Greta soundtrack added to this most compelling documetery. Full Review »