Stoked: The Rise and Fall of Gator (2003) - Rotten Tomatoes

Stoked: The Rise and Fall of Gator (2003)



Critic Consensus: The harder they come, the harder they fall -- this film shows, in raw, gripping detail, that even skater dudes can't resist the life of the rich and famous. It's more poignant than hard-core, and gives us a portrait of a life run over by the whims of the entertainment industry.

Movie Info

The aggressive style of Mark "Gator" Rogowski (a.k.a. Gator Mark Anthony)--his unpredictable lines, and outrageous personal antics--made him a favorite on the 80's pro skateboarding circuit, and for years he rode a career wave of fame, wealth, and world travel. At the end of the decade Gator found himself with personal and career troubles, and tried to reinvent himself with a name change, new sponsor, born-again Christianity, and a split from his longtime girlfriend. No one knew how bad his mental state had slipped, until in the spring of 1991, when--at the age of 24--he confessed to the murder of a 20-year old girl known well by many in the skateboard scene. Gator is now serving 31 to life in prison for rape and murder. This chronicle is the result of six years of persistence and investigation, the film is really about how the commercialization of a once authentic youth culture curdled the fortunes--and psyche--of its first golden boy.


Critic Reviews for Stoked: The Rise and Fall of Gator

All Critics (47) | Top Critics (25)

It's fascinating to see the process by which skateboarding, in all its concrete grittiness, was transformed into a mainstream activity of consumer cool.

August 6, 2008 | Rating: B

An exhilarating and terrifying journey through youth-culture hell.

August 6, 2008 | Full Review…

Thoroughly compelling documentary.

August 20, 2004 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The movie fails to pull off all its trick moves.

August 20, 2004 | Rating: 2/4

You can see why Stickler was drawn to the charismatic Gator, but his story is so extreme (he is serving life for murder) that it effectively unbalances the project.

July 3, 2004 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Consistently throughout the film, Stickler skates right over the crux of the matter.

June 22, 2004 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Stoked: The Rise and Fall of Gator


Gator the rise and fall of Gator is just one of those documentaries that even if you arent into the subject matter will keep your fall attention from the first shot to the last this documentary follows the story of 80's vert skater Mark *gator* Rogowski who let fame and drugs spiral his life out of control untill the fateful day when he was convicted of murdering his a girl he knew of course as with most documentary's ull see interviews by the people that knew him and stuff from gator himself really worth a watch

ken j
ken j

Super Reviewer


The synopsis says it all: The rise and fall of 80's vert skateboard legend Mark 'Gator' Rogowski.

Wu Chouin
Wu Chouin

Super Reviewer

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