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6,459 Ratings

Paranoid Park

Directed by Gus Van Sant
United States, France, 2007


An unsolved murder at Portland’s infamous Paranoid skateboard 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 also the consequences of his own actions.

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Paranoid Park Directed by Gus Van Sant

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

2007 | Winner: 60th Anniversary Prize

Independent Spirit Awards

2008 | Winner: Producers Award

2008 | 2 nominations including: Best Feature

Critics reviews

Paranoid Park may seem like a sketch, yet it catches in luminous amber a moment when reality bloodily, necessarily pierces the myth of adolescent purity.
August 27, 2009
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Conjuring a submersive audio/visual atmosphere that is neither dreamy nor exactly expressionistic, 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.
March 07, 2008
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It is a modestly scaled triumph without a false or wasted moment.
March 07, 2008
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What are people saying?

  • Jye Sherwell's rating of the film Paranoid Park

    Gabe Nevins did a fantastic job in this film. I found the dialog extremely natural, convincing and really it all rang true with me. The story is good and Aussie DP Christopher Doyle did a superb job on the visual side. I loved the eclectic music too. Overall this is my favourite film from Van Sant plus one of my favourite films of all time.

  • TCPopcorn's rating of the film Paranoid Park

    Van Zant's finest film, IMHO - Gabe Nevins is a real find and could become a major star if he chooses to continue acting. Absolutely love this film - winner of five of my Poppy year-end awards last year including Best Director, Best Cinematography, and Best Juvenile Performance.

  • Phil Worfel's rating of the film Paranoid Park

    Wonderful! Van Sant at his arty best. Such an understanding of youth and a hell of an ear for dialogue.

  • Eric Rucker's rating of the film Paranoid Park

    If you are unconvinced, or you found it pretentious, read Daniel Kasman’s review and rewatch. Violet, directed by Bas Devos, seems to be an extension/translation of this film, which doesn’t take away from it in my mind, and gives measure to the depth of Paranoid Park. The Unloved, by Samantha Morton, is a visionary cousin. Created whole cloth by her but an independent confirmation of the truth of PP and Violet.

  • Wee Hunk's rating of the film Paranoid Park

    Van Sant is at heart an experimental filmmaker. As a result it can look like he's throwing things out there to see which things work. There was a fair amount of stuff I didn't think worked. The soundtrack, the forehead lighting, the aspect ratio. I could go on. I did want to point out that the scene where they had sex was well done in terms of the ambient noise and the psychological aspects.

  • msmichel's rating of the film Paranoid Park

    Van Zant's brief experimental phase (Gerry, Elephant, Last Days) seemed to come to an end with this dreamlike arty film concerning a murder tied to a young skater. Shot with precision and beauty by Christopher Doyle and Rain Kathy Li . Van Sant's adaptation of the Blake Nelson novel is short on linear plotting but tells an interesting tale none the less.

  • dionysus67's rating of the film Paranoid Park

    Could have been an insightful and melancholic portrait -as it clearly intended to be- of the teenage mind-set and subcultures, yet it lets itself down through unfortunate decisions on narrativity. Both the slow-motion shots, the grainy, as if of documentary footage, sequences plus the musical ironies fail to add to what the paucity of the teenagers aims to reveal. Some fine moments on moral empathy do not suffice.

  • Michael H. CLAES's rating of the film Paranoid Park

    VAN SANT is talented with images, music & storytelling. A unique & awesome STYLE. This film gives a strong & long lasting emotion on innocence, teenagehood, damage done by parents divorce === VAN SANT est fort avec les images, la musique & raconter 1 histoire. Il a un STYLE impressionnant & unique. Ce film donne une émotion forte & durable sur l'innocence, l'adolescence, les dommages causés par le divorce des parents

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