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  • 50
    Peter Stack San Francisco Chronicle

    So forced and contrived in delivery that it's tedious. That's not good when the intention is to be audacious. show more

  • 75
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    A surprisingly genial and affecting comedy about the trials and tribulations of teenage rebellion during the Reagan '80s. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    [Lillard's] performance dominates the film, and he does a subtle, tricky job of being both an obnoxious punk and a kid in search of his direction in life. He's very good. show more

  • 63
    Wesley Morris San Francisco Examiner

    It's handsome filmmaking that doesn't surface until the final 25 minutes during which Stevo and company's sense of marginalization achieves the palpable, emotional import that's more expressive than anything its characters' have to bitch about. show more

  • 63
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    The film has an undeniable energy, and, at times, it works as light entertainment, but there is a problem. The central character is consistently aggravating. show more

  • 38
    Liam Lacey The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Though Lillard's excitable tone keeps promising wild comic adventures, the sequences are uniformly flat and humour-free. show more

  • 40
    Film Threat

    What begins as a poetically offbeat comedy, full of energy and verve, turns woefully mundane as the protagonists become introspective and enlightened. show more

  • 30
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    Very possibly the most ruthlessly irritating comedy since the dreaded "S.F.W." attempted to put its finger on the pulse of young America, and that's saying something. show more

  • 40
    Marc Savlov Austin Chronicle

    Merendino's film is lacking the streamlined cohesion it needs to spike itself in your cortex as hoped, but it is about as accurate a punk film as I've seen in some time, especially when it comes to the horrors and boredoms of small-scene life. show more

  • 75
    Entertainment Weekly

    For a while, angry young Stevo (Lillard) turns his quest for total anarchy into a grungy, giddy, randomly violent rave. Then reality creeps up and, well, it bites. show more

  • May 11, 2010 Judsonray10
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    this movie defines the late 1980s when punk was on its way out and punk rocker's only way out was the world ending. Matthew Lillard was astonishing as this smart-mouth yet knowledgeable punk rocker. Great movie, great plot, acting all top notch definitely worth getting into. Awesome!!

  • June 27, 2008 DylanG2020
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    This movie was funny, dramatic, and had a really good plot. Pretty good acting and desent ending. This movie is worth a watch!

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