Stoked: The Rise and Fall of Gator
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Stoked: The Rise and Fall of Gator
As a teenager growing up in the mid-'70s, Mark "Gator" Rogowski became a passionate skateboarder. With time, he became quite good on a deck and, by the early '80s, his skills on the vertical ramp, combined with his cocky charm and surfer-dude good looks, helped to make him one of the top professionals on the skating circuit. Between endorsement deals and performance fees, he was earning more than a hundred-thousand dollars per year by the time he was 18. Not surprisingly, Rogowski soon found himself living a fast-lane lifestyle, partying all night, and dating supermodels. But… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 79%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's fascinating to see the process by which skateboarding, in all its concrete grittiness, was transformed into a mainstream activity of consumer cool."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"The movie fails to pull off all its trick moves."
‑ Leah McLaren, Globe and Mail
"A decent enough documentary albeit one about an appalling person."
‑ Richard Luck, Film4
"Stoked gives a young woman's rape and murder almost no narrative weight -- it is merely the disappointing spoiler to a talented skateboarder's career."
‑ Martin Scribbs, Low IQ Canadian
"Consistently throughout the film, Stickler skates right over the crux of the matter."
‑ Stella Papamichael, BBC
"An exhilarating and terrifying journey through youth-culture hell."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"Offers a fascinating look into the skater's tumble from grace, as well as chronicling the renaissance of his rebel sport."
‑ Bill Muller, Arizona Republic
"A near-perfect time capsule of a specific moment in our culture, and a telling analysis of instant celebrity and the fickleness of youth culture."
‑ Josh Ralske, All Movie Guide
"Despite doing a fine job telling this trajectory skateboarder bio, Stickler's tale lacked an edge and the power to make this story stick in the ribs."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Unlike Stacy Peralta's romantically nostalgic '70s skate-umentary Dogtown & Z Boys, Stickler delves into the dirty details, even showing the decomposed remains of his victim."
‑ Matt Kelemen, Las Vegas CityLife
"Thoroughly compelling documentary."
‑ John Terauds, Toronto Star
"Even when sketched in broad terms, Rogowski's downward spiral makes for compelling viewing, and to her credit, director Stickler never romanticizes her subject."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"Unforgettable."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"You can see why Stickler was drawn to the charismatic Gator, but his story is so extreme (he is serving life for murder) that it effectively unbalances the project."
‑ , Empire Magazine
"Tells a fascinating and very sad story ... and gives us lots of cool skateboard action along the way"
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
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