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The Tribes of Palos Verdes


Brendan Malloy & Emmett Malloy

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About the Movie

When teenage Medina (Maika Monroe) moves with her family to the picture-postcard perfect paradise of Palos Verdes, California, they seem headed for a happy new chapter in their lives. But old troubles soon catch up to them, as Medina's parents' marriage disintegrates, her mother (Jennifer Garner) spirals into an emotional freefall, and her twin brother (Cody Fern) turns to drugs. Caught in the middle of it all, Medina must rely on her inner strength to become the stabilizing force in her family, while finding refuge in a new passion: surfing. Set amidst the sun-kissed beaches and crystal blue waters of the California coast, The Tribes of Palos Verdes is a stirring look at how life's greatest challenges forge who we become.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 17
  • Fresh: 11
  • Rotten: 6
  • Average Rating: 5.6/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: The Malloys' filmmaking never rises to the level of the actors' nuanced performances. The actors are energized, but the camera enervates. – Teo Bugbee, New York Times, Nov 30, 2017

Fresh: It demonstrates a remarkable sense of atmosphere and place. – Peter Debruge, Variety, Dec 6, 2017

Fresh: The sibling helmers know the terrain: They're Los Angeles natives with surfing docs to their credit, and they convincingly make a teen girl's awakening inseparable from her mastery of a board. – Sheri Linden, Hollywood Reporter, Oct 8, 2017

Fresh: Garner erupts and expectorates with winning zeal, swatting tennis balls at the mistress and lambasting the very idea of Palos Verdes beauty regimens. – Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice, Nov 28, 2017

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Customer Reviews

Jennifer Garner is stellar

Watch Jenn garner like never before ! The movie is visceral and beautiful and tragic .

Visually stunning, authentic performances

This movies captures the beauty of California and surfing. Each performance is outstanding from Jennifer Garner’s authentic turn as a narcissist parent to the wide eyed nuanced performances of both of the teen actors. The movie will stay with you, make you think, and appreciate your loved ones.


Stunning film and acting.

The Tribes of Palos Verdes
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  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2017

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