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ATL Review Critics


Dave White Profile

… like a hip-hop American Graffiti Read full review

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  • 4.0

    out of 100

    Generally favorable reviews
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  • 60

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    Several good ideas for a movie rumble around inside ATL, but they never coalesce.

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  • 67

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    The more rink time, the better: As directed by hip-hop music-video king Chris Robinson from a story by "Antwone Fisher's" Antwone Fisher, the skate scenes are a blast.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    What I liked most was its unforced, genuine affection for its characters.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 13+

Morally grounded kids in the hood come of age.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie includes frequent allusions to sexuality and young people testing limits of authority. A 14-year-old character skips school and sells drugs: subsequently, he's suspended from school, chastised by his brother and uncle, beated by a group of older guys, and shot by his drug dealer employer (shooting takes place off screen and boy does not die). Girls wear revealing clothes, their bottoms featured in several "booty" shots. We hear that two boys lost their parents in a car accident.

  • Families can talk about Rashad's fears of commitment and abandonment, owing to the loss of his parents. How does his relationship with his younger brother eventually teach the value of taking responsibility and being honest?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Living in a poor neighborhood, orphaned 17-year-old looks after his little brother, bonds (and briefly fights) with his friends through roller skating, pursues his ambition to draw comics; the primary villain (a drug dealer) intimidates the community and eventually shoots one of his workers.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Menacing gangster appears throughout; brief discussion of parents killed in car crash; brief violence erupts near the end: a boy is beaten by thugs who steal his money and drugs he's supposed to sell; a dealer shoots a boy for vengeance (shooting offscreen, but the result -- his family worrying in the hospital -- makes clear he's injured).

  • sex false3

    Sex: Kids make out in background shots at school; a romantic, nonexplicit sex scene (not explicit, facial close-ups, tenderness); frequent images of girls' bottoms, tight clothing, bikinis, and cleavage; sexual slang.

  • language false3

    Language: One f-word, over ten s-words, one b-word, frequent use of "ass" and "damn," slang for sexual activity and genitalia ("titty,"booty," "cuddy"), at least two uses of the n-word; some hip-hop songs on soundtrack also include brief language.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Golden Crisp cereal.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: High schoolers drink at parties; villain smokes cigars; brief cigarette smoking in background; a couple of characters sell drugs (and one adult considers this might be a good income for the household, before his nephew argues against it);