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Skateland,set against the landscape of upstart malls, Jordache jeans and iconic hang outs,is as much a story about embracing who you are as it is about moving on. The personal drama marks the poignant transition of a group of high school friends into adulthood. Set in the early 1980s, in small town Texas, it is genuine, touching and candid snapshot of the lives of a close-knit group of friends who are confronted with the realities of the precarious world around them. The film revolves around a charismatic young skating rink manager named Ritchie Wheeler (Shiloh Fernandez), brother and sister… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 38%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A film with some engaging performances and a swell soundtrack whose biggest problem is that it wants to be "Dazed and Confused" when it grows up."
‑ Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
"Though noticeably lacking in originality, Anthony Burns' low-key directorial debut skates by on the charms of its hazy wistfulness and a likable cast."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"A mundane and tired story that lacks depth doesn't exactly make Skateland an exciting or even enjoyable film."
‑ Amy Curtis, We Got This Covered
"The movie tries to capture the mood of a time and place, but instead the scenes feel arbitrary and sometimes even pointless."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
"You get no real sense of this place."
‑ Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, Ebert Presents At The Movies
"Like so many other films set in the Reagan era, Anthony Burns' directorial debut fails to acknowledge the lingering and pervasive angst that shaped anyone growing up in the late Cold War."
‑ Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle
"Anthony Burns's sweetly nostalgic re-creation of small-town Texas in the early 1980s."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"It treads well-worn territory. Shiloh Fernandez is pretty inert in the lead role and Ashley Greene doesn't have that much to do."
‑ Eric Melin,
"Buoyed by Fernandez's nicely shaded turn...but ultimately it coasts along according to such predictable beats that it seems prefabricated."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"The performances in Skateland will serve as early evidence of the actors' supreme talent."
‑ Pete Hammond, Back Stage
"Indifferently acted, written and directed, the oft soporific "Skateland" is beautifully photographed and boasts a greatest-hits soundtrack, as well as some spot-on art direction."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"Manages to offer a particularly affecting, well-observed portrait of young people coming of age in an east Texas town in the 1980s."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"Burns rebuilds the vibe a bit toward the end, but by that time the clumsy drama has overshadowed the mellow atmosphere. It's a total bummer."
‑ Josh Bell, Las Vegas Weekly
"Skateland is dedicated to the late teen film icon John Hughes. I think he'd pretty proud."
‑ Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle
"The filmmakers seem to want to look back at the 1980s and weep, and you may feel the same way, having wasted your time watching this."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
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