Lords of Dogtown
Lords of Dogtown (2005)

In the 1970s, a group of teenage surfers from a tough neighborhood known as "Dogtown" in Venice, CA, pioneered a revolutionary new style of skateboarding. Riding the waves at the Pacific Ocean Park pier, the Z-Boys, known for… More

Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: June 3, 2005
DVD Release Date: September 27, 2005
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Critic Score: 55% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Lords of Dogtown, while slickly made and edited, lacks the depth and entertaining value of the far superior documentary on the same subject, Dogtown and Z-Boys.

Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

These kids can act, and they can ride those boards.

Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

If watching Dogtown and Z-Boys was tantamount to witnessing history itself, watching Lords of Dogtown, which Peralta wrote, feels more like watching a stiff, meticulously choreographed reenactment.

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Joshua Starnes

Lords of Dogtown is an interesting look at the start of an ever increasingly more popular part of American youth culture, but often settles for surface gloss instead of introspection.

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Stephanie Zacharek

Lords of Dogtown stays afloat, largely because many of its actors transcend Hardwicke's heavy-handed storytelling.

Mike Clark
USA Today

It's hard to think of a movie since 1950's Sunset Boulevard that has gotten more dramatic impact out of a pool.

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Cole Smithey

As the three friends separate via commercial successes afforded them, "Lords Of Dogtown" becomes a distinctly youthful American anecdote about the nature of friendship and success.

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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

Lords of Dogtown isn't a cop-out, but rather an ever-so-slight concession to commercialism, while Dogtown and Z-Boys was, above all else, a love song to the counterculture.

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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star

For someone who was there, not to mention someone who created Dogtown and Z-Boys, Peralta has crafted a script so superficial and simplistic it feels like it was tapped out by a 14-year-old fan.

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Rob Gonsalves

You don't have to care much about skateboarding (I really don't) to find the movie exhilarating and engaging.

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Flixster Audience Score: 81% Flixster User Reviews
Melvin White
Skip: Yeah, this is Skip Engblom and the Zephyr Skateboard Team. Here's our entry fees. Now where's our trophies?  "They came from nothing to… More
Conner Rainwater
Lords of Dogtown works as a documentary style narrative in that there is no one main focus aside from the skateboarding movement. No one character has dominance… More
Lucas Martins
Lords of Dogtown, is present by his director with a documentary style, the skateboard world in the early 70's. Is a entretaining film, very good to skate… More
Unknown Hobo
Although this movie seems to have bitten off more than it could chew, dragging a little in the middle just for the length of it, and has one of the worst… More
Manu Gino
Based on the true story of the legendary z-boys. Very good movie, really enjoyable and fun! The story is very primitive and intoxicating which really brings… More
Dan Schultz
Surprisingly lots of fun. Ledger's performance alone is worth seeing, as an eccentric skateboard coach who gives four talented guys a shot at winning. What… More