Skateland 2011

Critics score:
38 / 100

Reviews provided by RottenTomatoes

Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times: Anthony Burns's sweetly nostalgic re-creation of small-town Texas in the early 1980s. Read more

Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out: Dedicating a movie to John Hughes doesn't equal capturing the master's ear for the universality of adolescent angst. Read more

Alison Willmore, AV Club: Anthony Burns' directorial debut is all trappings, with very little there there, giving the mind plenty of time to wander through compare-and-contrast games. Skateland is more soundtrack than substance. Read more

Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic: A film with some engaging performances and a swell soundtrack whose biggest problem is that it wants to be "Dazed and Confused" when it grows up. Read more

Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle: Like so many other films set in the Reagan era, Anthony Burns' directorial debut fails to acknowledge the lingering and pervasive angst that shaped anyone growing up in the late Cold War. Read more

Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly: The film hinges on too many conventional crises (a car accident, a divorce), but the fact that Burns is better at atmosphere than story isn't all bad. Read more

Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter: Skateland is every coming-of-age-after-high-school movie you've ever seen with a formulaic plot and well-worn characters. Read more

Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times: Manages to offer a particularly affecting, well-observed portrait of young people coming of age in an east Texas town in the 1980s. Read more

Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News: Though noticeably lacking in originality, Anthony Burns' low-key directorial debut skates by on the charms of its hazy wistfulness and a likable cast. Read more

Lou Lumenick, New York Post: Indifferently acted, written and directed, the oft soporific "Skateland" is beautifully photographed and boasts a greatest-hits soundtrack, as well as some spot-on art direction. Read more

Nick Pinkerton, Village Voice: Fernandez looks like a young Joaquin Phoenix, and everything else here is off-brand familiar. Read more