Rene Rodriguez(Miami Herald): A boundary imitation of the early novels of Bret Easton Ellis, who wrote from one place to another young ennui and aimlessness from the ~ of out.
Moira MacDonald(Seattle Times): Ultimately, "Palo Alto" is a messy at the same time haunting portrait of a particular time in life.
Bill Goodykoontz(Arizona Republic): It's true to say that "Palo Alto" is one more movie by another Coppola about the lives of the moneyed, bored and disaffected, but that explanation sells the movie short.
Tom Long(Detroit News): That Coppola finds incidental grace and spirit here shows intelligence and compassion. Her next assignment? Make a movie that's not well-nigh the troubles of the privileged and bored.
Colin Covert(Minneapolis Star Tribune): These knavish slices of life feel like the in the greatest degree honest, relevant film portrait of bloom of life in ages.
Rafer Guzman(Newsday): "Palo Alto" feels truth and promising, but half-formed.
Susan Granger(SSG Syndicate): Angst-riddled at the same time assured debut by third-generational filmmaker Gia Coppola.
Simon Miraudo(Quickflix): James Franco's unintentionally-LOL-meritorious collection of short stories has been condensed, finished, & infinitely bettered by writer-director Gia Coppola, who, for example you can imagine from her standing, is more than capable of sorting the wheat from Franco's make fun of.
Jonathan Kiefer(SF Weekly): One road Gia Coppola deals with privileges is ~ dint of. recognizing and revealing their limits.
John Beifuss(Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)): Not a especially precocious debut, in the context of the Coppola race of rulers, but nevertheless feels much like the toil of a very young if gifted person who has yet to be the first to find a unique voice.
Katherine Monk(Canada.com): The movie brings back quite the emotional flotsam of youth, and lets the viewer scavenge the debris on this account that lost treasure.
Brad Keefe(Columbus Alive): When it sets out to capture some of the meandrian aimlessness of teenagehood, it succeeds.
T’Cha Dunlevy(Montreal Gazette): What her pellicle lacks in novelty and momentum, it makes up with regard to it in atmosphere. That, in the extreme point, can be a more difficult deed to capture, and will serve her well being of the cl~s who her career matures.
Ken Hanke(Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)): Typical lifestyles of the listlessness -ridden overprivileged, but there are moments of short brilliance and an ending that makes up in spite of much.
Tom Clift(Concrete Playground): Should approach with a warning: may cause visual nerve damage as a result of very great eye-rolling
Jeff Baker(Oregonian): "Palo Alto" is "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" free from the wit; "River's Edge" lacking the depth. It's like perusal a first novel by a talented writer who has something to decide but isn't yet certainly how to say it.
Steve Davis(Austin Chronicle): As delectable as it sometimes is, what this film needs is a little more shape and a little less ambience. It's a careful balance admittedly tricky to achieve, mete one that is clearly within the force of this talented new filmmaker.
Cary Darling(Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com): While it shows Coppola has gift, it's also as without aim as her characters' self-absorbed, self-medicated, joyless lives.
Kelly Vance(East Bay Express): Makes us esteem Gus Van Sant all over once more.
Brian Orndorf(Blu-ray.com): It's wonderfully shooter, with moments of rawness, but Coppola be able to't shake the suffocating been-there, done-that atmosphere of the film.
Rob Thomas(Madison Movie): "Palo Alto" is tolerably great at capturing the aimless rhythms of teenagedom, from set to car to school to participator. It doesn't always mould for compelling viewing, but it certainly feels precise.