Dogtown and Z-Boys
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Skateboarding has crossed over into the mainstream population due in large part to the humble beginnings of a group of eight teenagers in an area of Santa Monica called Dogtown. It was there that this mismatched gang of kids from broken homes formed a group known as the Zephyr Team aka Z-Boys. They rode surfboards in the morning and skateboards in the afternoon, creating a style all their own. Desperate to ride, they used guerrilla tactics such as illegally skating abandoned swimming pools in upscale Los Angeles neighborhoods. But by the mid-70s, the skateboard phenomenon had caught on, and a… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"You want to know more about their private lives than you get. But most viewers may be too stoked by the sheer adrenaline rush of the subject to care."
‑ David Ansen, Newsweek
"Infectiously exuberant."
‑ , Time Out
"Raw, baby, raw. That's what this documentary is, and that's why it's not meant for Blu-ray."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"Marred by a self-importance and heavy-handed assertion of mythic status that some may well find misplaced or just downright ridiculous."
‑ , Film4
"The straight cuts illustrate how the Zephyr team's revolutionary, riffing style was both an extension of surfing and aesthetically beautiful."
‑ Susan Tavernetti, Palo Alto Weekly
"Package is lively, if loosely structured."
‑ Dennis Harvey, Variety
"Few sports films catch their time, place and sport so well."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"Before Tony Hawk, skateboarding had the Z-Boys."
‑ Kelly Kessler, Common Sense Media
"I know exactly nothing about skateboarding, but this wild, exuberant documentary puts it all in perspective, outlining a crew of 12 surfers-turned-skaters who pioneered the sport -- and, some say, the art form."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"There is something I find deeply disturbing about a documentary made about one's own life that never acknowledges its first person status."
‑ David Poland, Hot Button
"This propulsive, highly satisfying 2002 documentary concerns a group of daredevil skateboarders from an economically depressed and dangerous area of Santa Monica known as Dogtown who reinvented the sport in the 70s."
‑ Meredith Brody, Chicago Reader
"This is pop history that blows your hair back."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
"Skateboard-legend-turned-filmmaker Stacy Peralta rips open the paradigm of the documentary form in much the same way that he and his young Santa Monica Zephyr Competition Skate Team revolutionized skateboarding in the mid-'70s."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"Using the Zephyr team's creation, its sudden fame, and death by defection, Dogtown documents genuine 20th century tribalism."
‑ Martin Scribbs, Low IQ Canadian
"Quite possibly the best documentary about youth and sport since Hoop Dreams."
‑ Adam Smith, Empire Magazine
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