Palo Alto
Palo Alto (2014)

Shy, sensitive April (Emma Roberts) is the class virgin -a popular soccer player and frequent babysitter for her single-dad coach, Mr. B. (James Franco). Teddy (Jack Kilmer) is an introspective artist whose best friend and sidekick Fred… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: September 9, 2014
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Critic Score: 73% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A promising debut for director Gia Coppola, Palo Alto compensates for its drifting plot with solid performances and beautiful cinematography.

Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

A pale imitation of the early novels of Bret Easton Ellis, who wrote about young ennui and aimlessness from the inside out.

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Cary Darling
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/

While it shows Coppola has talent, it's also as aimless as her characters' self-absorbed, self-medicated, joyless lives.

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Laurence Phelan

The drama is scaled to just the right size: kids get into trouble or inadvisable situations, but there are no major melodramatics. We see them in their natural habitat.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

Ultimately, "Palo Alto" is a messy yet haunting portrait of a particular time in life.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

That Coppola finds occasional grace and spirit here shows understanding and compassion. Her next assignment? Make a movie that's not about the troubles of the privileged and bored.

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Rich Cline

James Franco's collection of autobiographical short stories is adapted into a remarkably evocative film by Gia Coppola, granddaughter of Francis.

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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic

It's accurate to say that "Palo Alto" is another movie by another Coppola about the lives of the rich, bored and disaffected, but that description sells the movie short.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

These slippery slices of life feel like the most honest, relevant film portrait of adolescence in ages.

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Mark Kermode
Observer [UK]

Another week, another glacial outing from the ever-expanding Coppola clan depicting the oh so beautiful emptiness of American teenage wildlife.

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Flixster Audience Score: 50% Flixster User Reviews
Matt Goodman
Gripping teenage drama.
Eddie Chung
Gia Coppola's script knows where it wants to take its characters, but it's not sure how to take them there.
Walter M.
Towards the end of "Palo Alto," high school senior April(Emma Roberts) remarks on the pointlessness of current films. While I the perpetual optimist… More
Christopher Haskell
Believe it or not, but actor and director James Franco is also a published author. His 2010 published collection of short stories titled "Palo Alto"… More
Cameron Johnson
"In a city of the future, it is difficult to concentrate!" Yup, I just quoted an obscure Radiohead song of the same name as this film, because this… More
Noah Nemeroff
Francis... Sofia... and now Gia on her debut film, 'Palo Alto' (2014); a coming-of-age drama based on a collection of short stories written by James… More