Lisa Schwarzbaum
November 04, 2011 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Dragonslayer

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
Limited Release Date
11/04/11
genre
Documentary

We gave it an A-

”Empty pools and f—ed up houses” that have succumbed to the real estate bust in Orange County, Calif., are the natural habitat of low-hopes skateboard rat Josh “Skreech” Sandoval, the subject of Tristan Patterson’s outstanding documentary. There’s nothing to emulate about such a banged-up 23-year-old ”pool skater.” Yet with its propulsive punk-rock soundtrack and beautifully rough cinematography, Dragonslayer makes you care about this scrawny young man, skating to nowhere. A-

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