Paranoid Park
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An unsolved murder at Portland's infamous Paranoid Park brings detectives to a local high school, propelling a young skater into a moral odyssey where he must not only deal with the pain and disconnect of adolescence but the consequences of his own actions.
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 77%

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"[An] intriguing, mind-altering skateboard elegy."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"Regarding Paranoid Park as an elongated short rather than a feature helps a bit, because it's a miniature in spirit -- a small-format portrait of psychic malaise that just happens to last 84 minutes."
‑ Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle
"In Paranoid Park, not much actually happens and yet one teenager's mind is filled with far more than enough to ponder for a long time."
‑ Jeffrey Chen, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"It's a movie worth seeing."
‑ Jonathan Kiefer, Sacramento News & Review
"Paranoid Park proves that growing up is often very hard to do -- but it's also a potent reminder that these teens deserve our respect and sympathy for their often imperfect efforts to do just that."
‑ Jason Anderson, CBC.ca Arts
"Paranoid Park, Gus Van Sant's mesmerizing new movie, melds the dreamy languor of his last few films with a page-turner of a plot."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"Paranoid Park becomes a portrait of the skate punk as repressed personality. The movie doesn't really go anywhere as a story, it simply unfolds."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"The teenager's impressionistic headspace is his canvas, layered like a Keats poem and scored like an iPod"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"I would say that there is a really good 50 minute movie tucked away inside here, but Van Sant insists on padding it with material that doesn't belong."
‑ Austin Kennedy, Sin Magazine
"I don't know what's more surprising: that director Gus Van Sant has made yet another movie about the lives of disaffected Portland teenagers, or that he's pulled it off one more time with "Paranoid Park.""
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"Gus Van Sant's capper to a trilogy of experiments in elliptical narrative and lyrical structure is a masterful triumph of art, craft and empathy for the complicatedness of being a real teenager."
‑ Ted Fry, Seattle Times
"Intriguing and obliquely involving."
‑ Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
"It's breathtaking, heartbreaking, tragic, gorgeous, and true all at the same time."
‑ Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle
"In a film where dialogue comes at a premium, Van Sant allows his camera to do the talking, and when it rests too long on one subject, the commentary feels like overstatement. Elsewhere, 'Paranoid Park' is eloquent in its terseness."
‑ Rossiter Drake, San Francisco Examiner
"Van Sant's ... adoration of uncommunicative kids with limited vocabularies and awesome hair is beginning to wear a little thin."
‑ Alonso Duralde, MSNBC
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