Want to See
Not Interested
Rate it ½ star
Rate it 1 star
Rate it 1½ stars
Rate it 2 stars
Rate it 2½ stars
Rate it 3 stars
Rate it 3½ stars
Rate it 4 stars
Rate it 4½ stars
Rate it 5 stars
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 homes, abandoned swimming pools and stray glimpses of unusual beauty, Dragonslayer captures the life and times of Josh "Skreech" Sandoval, a local skate legend and new father, as his endless summer finally collides with the future. Set to the alternately roaring and dreamy soundtrack of bands from the indie labels Mexican Summer and Kemado… More

Available Online

Buy & Rent
Buy SD $14.99 Rent SD $3.99
- -
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Like many good documentary filmmakers, Tristan Patterson is a talented eavesdropper who lets characters articulate overriding themes."
‑ Stephen Cole, Globe and Mail
"The portrait is dispiriting overall, inspiring little affection from viewers, but feels authentic and fair."
‑ John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter
"This fabulous skating documentary has echoes of Gus Van Sant with its hazy, daydreamy look at the lives of skateboarding youths."
‑ Glenn Dunks, Trespass
"Dragonslayer is an amazing window into a particular part of the culture and how we live now. You'll think about Skreech -- his father's day gift for his son, his new job at a bowling alley -- for a long time after you leave the theatre."
‑ Liz Braun, Toronto Sun
"Is Josh "Skreech" Sandoval the least deserving documentary subject ever?"
‑ Nick Schager, Slant Magazine
"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."
‑ Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle
"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."
‑ Robert Koehler, Variety
"... 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 ..."
‑ Sarah Boslaugh, Playback:stl
"There are parts of Dragonslayer that look like Laguna Beach and others that look like Gummo. Either way, it's a looker."
‑ Cindy Widner, Austin Chronicle
"Departing from the conventions of documentary portraiture, "Dragonslayer" delivers the cinematic equivalent punk rock candy."
‑ Eric Kohn, indieWIRE
"A youth culture backdropped by the crumbling edge of California is rendered with punk rock energy and grace."
‑ , Los Angeles Times
"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."
‑ Karina Longworth, Village Voice
"Dragonslayer is an amazing window into a particular part of the culture and how we live now."
‑ Liz Braun, Jam! Movies
"Gorgeous ... see this one on the big screen if you get a chance."
‑ Christopher Campbell, Cinematical
"Dragonslayer - which incredulously picked up the Best Documentary award at SXSW - is probably the first ever hagiography made about someone who is, without doubt, completely unremarkable. But at least at 74-minutes, it won't keep you for too long."
‑ Shaun Munro, What Culture
More reviews for Dragonslayer on Rotten Tomatoes