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New York Times:
Anthony Burns's sweetly nostalgic re-creation of small-town Texas in the early 1980s.
Dedicating a movie to John Hughes doesn't equal capturing the master's ear for the universality of adolescent angst.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Skateland is every coming-of-age-after-high-school movie you've ever seen with a formulaic plot and well-worn characters.
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.
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.
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.
Fernandez looks like a young Joaquin Phoenix, and everything else here is off-brand familiar.