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Skate Kitchen (2018)



Critic Consensus: Skate Kitchen takes a beguiling slice-of-life approach to its characters, approaching its timely themes with a light hand that serves the story well.

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In the first narrative feature from The Wolfpack director Crystal Moselle, Camille, an introverted teenage skateboarder (newcomer Rachelle Vinberg) from Long Island, meets and befriends an all-girl, New York City-based skateboarding crew called Skate Kitchen. She falls in with the in-crowd, has a falling-out with her mother, and falls for a mysterious skateboarder guy (Jaden Smith), but a relationship with him proves to be trickier to navigate than a kickflip. Writer/director Crystal Moselle immersed herself in the lives of the skater girls and worked closely with them, resulting in the film's authenticity, which combines poetic, atmospheric filmmaking and hypnotic skating sequences. SKATE KITCHEN precisely captures the experience of women in male-dominated spaces and tells a story of a girl who learns the importance of camaraderie and self-discovery.

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All Critics (91) | Top Critics (29)

An evocative meditation on skateboarding culture and nascent womanhood.

March 3, 2020 | Full Review…

At best, though, Skate Kitchen is less about trying to get anywhere or make sense of anything than it is about the casual joy of being young, free and immersed in the moment.

January 16, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Moselle is famous for her documentary The Wolfpack. Skate Kitchen isn't quite a documentary but it's not exactly a drama either.

September 28, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Skate Kitchen is a wonderfully lyrical and well-observed rites of passage story.

September 28, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Repeated dopey exchanges...are poorly delivered by bratty exhibitionists in a stagnant narrative.

September 27, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

If a breeze blowing through New York City decided to make a film, it would be Skate Kitchen. Nearly every moment here, of camerawork or character play, is wistfully, blissfully fluid.

September 26, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

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