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Based on 26 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 3 )
  • 25
    Ruthe Stein San Francisco Chronicle

    A mess, and that's really a shame. show more

  • 50
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    An ambitious hodgepodge that is all bang and bluster. show more

  • 50
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    Dizzyingly incoherent and subversively surreal, this sophomore effort from the man who made the great, strange "Donnie Darko" is certain to have its fans. I'm not going to be one of them. show more

  • 38
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    Southland Tales does have enough energy and audacity to suggest significant potential. But was it ready for public consumption? The answer is no. It's as simple as that. show more

  • 30
    Ray Bennett The Hollywood Reporter

    The English term "shambolic" best describes a slow-paced, bloated and self-indulgent picture that combines science fiction, sophomoric humor and grisly violence soaked in a music-video sensibility. show more

  • 75
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    Delivers equal parts overwrought tedium and mind-bending beauty, spiked with brilliant throwaway images that more than make up for Kelly's heavy-handed hot-button pretensions. show more

  • 63
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    To be clear: The odds are in favor of you hating it. I hated a lot of it when I saw a barely dry work-in-progress print, 163 minutes long, at the Cannes Film Festival. It’s 19 minutes shorter and better now, though “better” is relative when you’re dealing with a whatzahoozy such as this. show more

  • 63
    Wesley Morris Boston Globe

    Richard Kelly's Southland Tales isn't just a movie. It's an apocalyptic piñata that's been bazooka-ed open. show more

  • 38
    Glenn Kenny Premiere

    There's a lot of "stuff" here, and Kelly's biggest problem -- he's got more than a few -- is that he can't tell his good material from his bad. show more

  • 25
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    I recommend that Kelly keep right on cutting until he whittles it down to a ukulele pick. show more

  • September 19, 2008 brakemanjack
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    This movie reminds me of a sight I once saw in Herford Texas. In a feed lot there was this huge heap of dung on which was standing majestically a cow. Remove the cow and you have the humor value of this movie and the smell. I spent money on this pile, please don't let this happen to you.

  • June 17, 2008 walkerbjs22
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    Southland Tales, while offering an intriguing vision of the future, remains frustratingly incoherent and unpolished.

  • May 22, 2008 perfectwatersong
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    I actually worked on the film- two 17 hour days at the Skirball ( or was it "screwball, as in 'comedy' ) centerin L.A., playing a club-goer as a BG actor. Around 300 of usspent two consecutive nights in a mock club-set-in-a-Zeppelin floating over L.A. Kelley is a cool guy with a great imagination;he just needs to submit his ideas to the classic scriptwriting format: 3 act structure, character arc, protagonist/antagonist,-that never fails to yield results when great ideas are plugged into it. It's all part of growing up, something that if Kelley isever challenged to do, will produce a great American film maker.

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