Gleaming the Cube

Gleaming the Cube

Gleaming the Cube

A skateboarding teenager investigates his adopted brother's suspicious death in this 1989 action murder mystery starring Golden Globe winner Christian Slater.

1989Rating: PG, Coarse language109 minsUSA
ActionDramaMystery
Director:
Graeme Clifford ('Frances', 'Burke & Wills', 'Ruby Cairo')
Writer:
Michael Tolkin
Cast:
Christian SlaterSteven BauerRichard HerdEd Lauter

Reviews & comments

Chicago Tribune

Chicago Tribune

press

Clifford can muster no interest in the cardboard characters or absurd plot developments, which leaves Gleaming the Cube to limp along listlessly between indifferently filmed skateboard demonstrations.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Performances, plot and landings are nailed down, but there's not enough invention here for the film to achieve cult status.

2.0
Variety

Variety

press

Slater, who sounds as if he is trying to imitate Jack Nicholson, is the only character who has a shading of personality. His skateboarding buddies are funny, considering one needs a glossary to translate their dialog, while the Vietnamese are mostly sleazy cardboard figures.

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Has an intrigue plot that is unremarkable, and it doesn't do anything terribly novel with the relationship between Brian and the policeman (Steven Bauer) who helps investigate the case. It becomes somewhat more interesting in exploring the Vietnamese community of Orange County, Calif., especially in its tinier details.

TV Guide

TV Guide

press

The plot of Gleaming the Cube is far from original, but the skateboarding sequences are exhilarating and add a great deal of excitement to otherwise routine material.

3.0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

There's a genuine attempt in Gleaming the Cube to deal with the impact the loss of a brother has upon a likable, footloose teen-ager. Unfortunately, the conventions of the action-adventure/youth-flick genres prevail.

Chicago Tribune

Chicago Tribune

press

Clifford can muster no interest in the cardboard characters or absurd plot developments, which leaves Gleaming the Cube to limp along listlessly between indifferently filmed skateboard demonstrations.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Performances, plot and landings are nailed down, but there's not enough invention here for the film to achieve cult status.

2.0
Variety

Variety

press

Slater, who sounds as if he is trying to imitate Jack Nicholson, is the only character who has a shading of personality. His skateboarding buddies are funny, considering one needs a glossary to translate their dialog, while the Vietnamese are mostly sleazy cardboard figures.

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Has an intrigue plot that is unremarkable, and it doesn't do anything terribly novel with the relationship between Brian and the policeman (Steven Bauer) who helps investigate the case. It becomes somewhat more interesting in exploring the Vietnamese community of Orange County, Calif., especially in its tinier details.

TV Guide

TV Guide

press

The plot of Gleaming the Cube is far from original, but the skateboarding sequences are exhilarating and add a great deal of excitement to otherwise routine material.

3.0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

There's a genuine attempt in Gleaming the Cube to deal with the impact the loss of a brother has upon a likable, footloose teen-ager. Unfortunately, the conventions of the action-adventure/youth-flick genres prevail.

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