Dragonslayer
Dragonslayer (2011)

Dragonslayer documents the transgressions of a lost skate punk falling in love in the stagnant suburbs of Fullerton, California in the aftermath of Americaʼs economic collapse. Taking the viewer through a golden SoCal haze of broken… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 14, 2012
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail

Like many good documentary filmmakers, Tristan Patterson is a talented eavesdropper who lets characters articulate overriding themes.

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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter

The portrait is dispiriting overall, inspiring little affection from viewers, but feels authentic and fair.

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Glenn Dunks
Trespass

This fabulous skating documentary has echoes of Gus Van Sant with its hazy, daydreamy look at the lives of skateboarding youths.

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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle

In following this scattered character around, "Dragonslayer" director Tristan Patterson makes a very purposeful documentary about the pessimistic worldview of the nation's youth, and what that means for the future.

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Robert Koehler
Variety

Despite a slew of skateboarding films in recent years, each one quite distinct, Patterson's pic arguably comes closest to channeling the culture's punk vibe and youthful abandon, albeit filtered through an outsider's aesthetic.

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Sarah Boslaugh
Playback:stl

... another award-winner that leaves me scratching my head. To me it's a well-executed but minor subculture film, yet it won the grand jury and cinematography prizes at South by Southwest ...

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Los Angeles Times

A youth culture backdropped by the crumbling edge of California is rendered with punk rock energy and grace.

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Karina Longworth
Village Voice

Patterson's one-of-a-kind hybrid captures a socio-historical moment with the kind of charged authenticity that only comes from a willingness to embrace contradictions: It's discursive and hypnotic, laconic and urgent.

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Liz Braun
Jam! Movies

Dragonslayer is an amazing window into a particular part of the culture and how we live now.

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