Dogtown and Z-Boys
Dogtown and Z-Boys (2001)

Skateboarding has crossed over into the mainstream population due in large part to the humble beginnings of a group of eight teenagers in an area of Santa Monica called Dogtown. It was there that this mismatched gang of kids from broken… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: January 19, 2001
DVD Release Date: August 6, 2002
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Critic Score: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Dogtown and Z-Boys is a colorful, exhilarating look at the skateboarding subculture.

David Ansen

You want to know more about their private lives than you get. But most viewers may be too stoked by the sheer adrenaline rush of the subject to care.

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Time Out

Infectiously exuberant.

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James Plath
Movie Metropolis

Raw, baby, raw. That's what this documentary is, and that's why it's not meant for Blu-ray.

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Dennis Harvey

Package is lively, if loosely structured.

Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

Few sports films catch their time, place and sport so well.

Kelly Kessler
Common Sense Media

Before Tony Hawk, skateboarding had the Z-Boys.

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Meredith Brody
Chicago Reader

This propulsive, highly satisfying 2002 documentary concerns a group of daredevil skateboarders from an economically depressed and dangerous area of Santa Monica known as Dogtown who reinvented the sport in the 70s.

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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star

This is pop history that blows your hair back.

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Cole Smithey

Skateboard-legend-turned-filmmaker Stacy Peralta rips open the paradigm of the documentary form in much the same way that he and his young Santa Monica Zephyr Competition Skate Team revolutionized skateboarding in the mid-'70s.

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Flixster Audience Score: 88% Flixster User Reviews
Melvin White
Skip Engblom: Children took the ruins of the 20th century and made art out of it. "The Birth of Extreme" Dogtown and Z-Boys is one of the more… More
Marcus Woolcott
Interesting documentary on the birth of skateboarding. Best watched as a companion piece with the superior 'Lords of Dogtown'.
Lorenzo von Matterhorn
<i>"This is concrete warfare we're talking about... if you're going to ride you gotta get on that shit."</i> Documentary about… More
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John Ballantine
Sean Penn was in this? Oh yes he was the narrator. That explains why I didn't see him. It takes a special documentary to make a person who doesn't… More
Wu Chouin
The history of skateboading. Very rad.

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