IFC Films | Release Date: March 7, 2008
6.6
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Generally favorable reviews based on 90 Ratings
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DavidH.Nov 3, 2008
Dull and uninspiring , not sure what the critics were watching.
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SeanQAug 13, 2008
I didn't feel like I had gained anything in watching this movie. There was no 'fresh' perspective for me, no insight, no humour, no lesson. Yep, life has a way of going really bad really fast sometimes and we live with the I didn't feel like I had gained anything in watching this movie. There was no 'fresh' perspective for me, no insight, no humour, no lesson. Yep, life has a way of going really bad really fast sometimes and we live with the consequences of our actions for the rest of our lives. And teenagers are all shallow and angsty about sex 'n stuff. While it's not a bad movie, it's definitely not a great movie either. I think people are being fooled by the seriousness of the subject matter, a shocking scene, and some nice camerawork. Otherwise, it's just dull. This one will fade to black before many other movies do. Expand
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DWillyMar 26, 2008
I've come to accept that you can add forty to fifty critic points to any film that is grainy and has teenagers having sex. Not a movie, at all, really, just a beginning (not even a middle, much less an end). Some artistriy at work here, I've come to accept that you can add forty to fifty critic points to any film that is grainy and has teenagers having sex. Not a movie, at all, really, just a beginning (not even a middle, much less an end). Some artistriy at work here, but it sure ain't the acting, and I fear the casting has less to do with wanting raw, unvarnished talent than it does Van Sant's desire to get close to young street boys without pesky agents asking why they have to go to rehearsals in Gus' hotel room. Expand
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ShawnMMar 29, 2010
The Good: Realistic, if a little too disaffected, teenage acting. Beautifully shot. Well-developed minimalist character study. Elliptical chronology. A couple of tense, gripping scenes. The Bad: The rest of the scenes are either filler of The Good: Realistic, if a little too disaffected, teenage acting. Beautifully shot. Well-developed minimalist character study. Elliptical chronology. A couple of tense, gripping scenes. The Bad: The rest of the scenes are either filler of grainy skateboarding shots, slow-motion shots of the lead character that last WAY too long, oddly placed music, and a stubborn disregard for the audience. Van Sant seems to think that although the lead character has come to terms with what he has done, it's ok to leave us hanging in terms of the police investigation, which is where most of the tension in the movie derives. This movie is a mixed bag. Worth a view, but it by all means isn't as brilliant as I was lead to believe. Expand
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JoshB.Apr 2, 2008
I get why all the critics went ga-ga for this movie-- it's very atmospheric and arty. But it's hard to care about any of the characters, so at the end I was left with a big "So what?"
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