ATL (2006)

A tightly knit group of working-class Atlanta teens spend their time bonding over hip-hop and roller skating while pondering life after high school in director Chris Robinson's coming-of-age comedy drama that draws inspirations from the… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: March 31, 2006
DVD Release Date: July 18, 2006
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Critic Score: 62% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Strong lead performances and catchy musical interludes rescue this coming-of-age story from its formulaic script and uneven direction.

Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

Too predictable.

Ted Fry
Seattle Times

For a run-of-the-mill hip-hop drama, ATL has some engaging hooks that set it apart from the predictable formula of urban youth struggling to steer clear of crime and pull themselves up to a better life.

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Cole Smithey

Amateur camera work and conspicuous plotting reduce the film's regional sensibilities to sleep-inducing pap.

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

It's something akin to the earlier films of Spike Lee -- She's Gotta Have It and Crooklyn come to mind -- in that the characters are cherished for their human qualities, not for how well they swagger onto the screen.

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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle

The film's special appeal is that while the boys are poor and black, their stories transcend race and socio-economic matters.

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Kam Williams

A tip of the cap to Tip Harris and Lauren London for it is their chemistry and charm which allows one to believe in their tenderhearted romance in an atmosphere where women are regarded as objects and affectionately called 'bitches' and 'hos.'

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Justin Chang

Warner Bros.' low-budget stab at capturing an urban niche audience is higher on stylistic dazzle than originality or coherence, making it an unlikely candidate to bust out of the box office ghetto.

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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer

Making his feature-film debut, music-video director Chris Robinson expertly choreographs the skating sequences, which are exhilarating fun.

Scott Weinberg
DVD Clinic

A well-meaning and good-hearted urban melodrama -- that doesn't really seem to have anything new to say.

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Flixster Audience Score: 86% Flixster User Reviews
Manu Gino
A New American Story The movie was good and it had it's good moments. The story is not that great but decent enough. The acting was so-so from everyone,… More
EightThirty .
Its All Good ^_^
Bobby Hobbs
The movie is okay, as it tells the story of life through the eyes of some ATL hood residents. It's entertaining to see the differences between… More
Jarrin Rozenblad
Just watched this and really enjoyed it. Great story of young African-American life, with a great cast to bring it to life. The direction and cinematography… More
Lenny Muggsy
I didn't know rollerskating had such a big influence on Atlanta. TI shows great potential, Big Boi puts on the best performance.
Fascade Fiveoneeight
A pretty good story about a guy trying to get his life and opriorities straight while his brother tried to get back int the life he is trying to get out of...