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Based on 23 Reviews
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  • 25
    Edward Guthmann San Francisco Chronicle

    A self-indulgent mess. show more

  • 63
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    I'd never seen anything like it, and can say that I hope to never see anything like it again. show more

  • 55
    Kevin Maynard Mr. Showbiz

    Writer-director Harmony Korine seems more interested in churning your stomach than in warming your heart. show more

  • 88
    Wesley Morris San Francisco Examiner

    Feels like it could go blow up at any time. It implodes instead, and the meltdown, though visible in one of the final sequences, is still corrosive. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    It seems at first to be merely a jumble of discordant images ("Freaks" shot by the "Blair Witch" crew) but then, if you stay with it, the pattern emerges from the jumble. show more

  • 75
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    Korine confirms his reputation as one of today's most experimentally minded filmmakers, helped by an inventive cast including German director Herzog in a surprisingly strong performance as the father. show more

  • 63
    Jay Carr Boston Globe

    At its best, it will impale you on its raw urgency. At other times, it's a slog through long improvisations that never achieve dramatic liftoff. show more

  • 50
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    In his quest to capture truth and honesty, (Korine) has made a movie that is practically impossible to like. show more

  • 25
    Jonathan Foreman New York Post

    Sucker bait for the sort of credulous cinast who'll buy anything ugly and boring that looks like it's avant-garde...rancid stew of cheap shocks, sleaze and phony artiness. show more

  • 20
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    Juvenile and pointless. show more

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