(2010)

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Metascore

Based on 13 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
80
Boxoffice Magazine
Burns captures the look and spirit of the times with perfect detail.
75
Movieline
Burns handles the more dramatic moments - divorce, accidental death, betrayal - with invention, using abrupt cuts and impressionistic editing to keep the film from settling into a rut.
70
Not on the same artistic level as "The Last Picture Show" yet has its own integrity and value - and a fine array of performances.
67
The film hinges on too many conventional crises (a car accident, a divorce), but the fact that Burns is better at atmosphere than story isn't all bad.
60
Though leaning too heavily on period tunes and the templates of Mr. Linklater and John Hughes (to whom the film is dedicated), Mr. Burns has a distinctly spacious style that gives female characters room to breathe.
50
Skateland is every coming-of-age-after-high-school movie you've ever seen with a formulaic plot and well-worn characters.
50
If he were even a fraction as appealing to the audience as he so mysteriously is to everyone in the film, Skateland would be much more engaging.
40
Variety
This wan, mundane coming-of-ager focuses on kids enacting a pale imitation of '50s car-centered, "American Graffiti"-style time-killing, with the impediment of exceptionally dull dialogue.
40
Dedicating a movie to John Hughes doesn't equal capturing the master's ear for the universality of adolescent angst.
40
Village Voice
If Skateland is the sort of work Ritchie's future holds, it's proof that some talents are better off staying home.

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