Lords of Dogtown
See how extreme sports got its start with this critically-acclaimed, true-life story of three teenage surfers and best friends in Venice, California, who radicalized the sport of skateboarding in the 1970s.
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Portrait of Venice, CA, '70s teen skater culture.
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Fresh: When the film works dramatically, it works because of Emile Hirsch and Heath Ledger].
- Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle, Friday, June 3, 2005
Rotten: 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.
- Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, Friday, June 3, 2005
Fresh: Lords can't quite sustain this adrenaline to the finish as it eventually loses focus and takes a fall into sentimentality. But when it excels, it brings that electric charge that comes when a film's style is perfectly matched with its subject.
- Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News, Friday, June 3, 2005