Palo Alto
Palo Alto (2014)

Shy, sensitive April (Emma Roberts) is the class virgin -a popular soccer player and frequent babysitter for her single-dad coach, Mr. B. (James Franco). Teddy (Jack Kilmer) is an introspective artist whose best friend and sidekick Fred… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: May 9, 2014
DVD Release Date: September 9, 2014
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Critic Score: 71% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A promising debut for director Gia Coppola, Palo Alto compensates for its drifting plot with solid performances and beautiful cinematography.

Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

A pale imitation of the early novels of Bret Easton Ellis, who wrote about young ennui and aimlessness from the inside out.

Cary Darling
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/

While it shows Coppola has talent, it's also as aimless as her characters' self-absorbed, self-medicated, joyless lives.

Francesca Rudkin
New Zealand Herald

Coppola's film is about what she knows; she's obviously more ambitious than her apathetic and self-obsessed characters, but she probably knows a few of them. Far from perfect, but a solid beginning.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

Ultimately, "Palo Alto" is a messy yet haunting portrait of a particular time in life.

Tom Long
Detroit News

That Coppola finds occasional grace and spirit here shows understanding and compassion. Her next assignment? Make a movie that's not about the troubles of the privileged and bored.

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Candice Frederick
Reel Talk Online

While all the young actors are committed to their characters (though none of them particularly stand out), this film will likely drown in its own nothingness as far more thought-provoking teenage fare continues to prevail.

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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic

It's accurate to say that "Palo Alto" is another movie by another Coppola about the lives of the rich, bored and disaffected, but that description sells the movie short.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

These slippery slices of life feel like the most honest, relevant film portrait of adolescence in ages.

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Alex Heeney
Seventh Row

Just because the kids can't make sense of their acting out doesn't mean the film shouldn't try to.

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Flixster Audience Score: 49% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
The meandering quality of the film's plot (which may put most viewers off) is in fact what I like the most about it, while the solid performances, nice… More
Walter M.
Towards the end of "Palo Alto," high school senior April(Emma Roberts) remarks on the pointlessness of current films. While I the perpetual optimist… More
Nicki Marie
The reviews for this aren't great, but I kind of liked it. It has that 90's indie film feel to it (it's not set in the 90's, or not so I… More
Cameron Johnson
"In a city of the future, it is difficult to concentrate!" Yup, I just quoted an obscure Radiohead song of the same name as this film, because this… More
Matt Goodman
Gripping teenage drama.
Eddie Chung
Gia Coppola's script knows where it wants to take its characters, but it's not sure how to take them there.