Paranoid Park
Paranoid Park (2007)

An unsolved murder at Portland's infamous Paranoid Park brings detectives to a local high school, propelling a young skater into a moral odyssey where he must not only deal with the pain and disconnect of adolescence but the… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: May 21, 2007
DVD Release Date: October 7, 2008
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Critic Score: 76% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Director Gus Van Sant once again superbly captures the ins and outs of teenage life in Paranoid Park, a quietly devastating portrait of a young man living with guilt and anxiety.

V.A. Musetto
New York Post

[An] intriguing, mind-altering skateboard elegy.

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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle

Regarding Paranoid Park as an elongated short rather than a feature helps a bit, because it's a miniature in spirit -- a small-format portrait of psychic malaise that just happens to last 84 minutes.

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Daniel Kasman

..."Paranoid Park" nevertheless gets into the headspace of its young high school skater protagonist and treats with supreme respect what might be best described as a blown mind.

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

Paranoid Park, Gus Van Sant's mesmerizing new movie, melds the dreamy languor of his last few films with a page-turner of a plot.

Tom Long
Detroit News

Paranoid Park becomes a portrait of the skate punk as repressed personality. The movie doesn't really go anywhere as a story, it simply unfolds.

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Justin Stewart
Stop Smiling

Too brief and good-looking to actively dislike, Paranoid Park is still uninspiringly repetitive. If you're going to play the same riff over and over again, at least lower it an octave.

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Ted Fry
Seattle Times

Gus Van Sant's capper to a trilogy of experiments in elliptical narrative and lyrical structure is a masterful triumph of art, craft and empathy for the complicatedness of being a real teenager.

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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer

Intriguing and obliquely involving.

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Jeffrey Chen
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

In Paranoid Park, not much actually happens and yet one teenager's mind is filled with far more than enough to ponder for a long time.

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Flixster Audience Score: 65% Flixster User Reviews
Chris Weber
This could have turned Gus Van Sant's "Death Trilogy" into a quadrilogy, if not for the fact that it's based on a novel as opposed to being… More
Melvin White
I must admit the first time I watched Paranoid Park about a year ago I hated absolutely everything about it. From the long, slow motioned skating scenes to the… More
'Paranoid Park'. Loved the look and non-linear, slowly unravelling scenes, but felt very detached from the main protagonist; maybe that's what… More
El Hombre Invisible
Van Sant's been edging toward abstraction over the past decade, and while he has many detractors, who see nothing more than hampered Euro art-film… More
Dan Schultz
A slow-burn exercise in guilt and the always troubled teenage lifestyle, especially one 16-year old (Gabe Nevins) who gets himself involved in a case concerning… More
Lady D'arbanville
As with many of Gus Van Sant?s work, I don?t know whether this borders on slight genius or boring drawn out film making,, either way it does make you consider… More

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