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Based on 15 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 50
    Mike Clark USA Today

    Even so, the film's incest theme seems more symbolic than literal in what is, at heart, a comedy about escaping the womb; throwaway gags are wicked enough throughout to keep the taboo plot twist from knocking this hit-and-miss black comedy off the track. [26 Jul 1994 Pg. 08.D] show more

  • 88
    TV Guide

    Unlike so many other recent youth-oriented independent efforts, it takes on difficult, even impossible, issues with genuinely astonishing results. show more

  • 75
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    This is not a "nice" movie -- it deals with some pretty intense issues (like incest and suicide) -- but it is both bold and inventive, and works because of an unforced approach. show more

  • 80

    Russell's success, however, is in creating a film that avoids being freaky or an exercise in titillation by employing a mixture of sympathetic writing and black, black comedy. show more

  • 78
    Marjorie Baumgarten Austin Chronicle

    The movie's tone concurrently embraces melodramatics and wry humor, a twisted suburban Oedipal knot seen through a sardonic, yet deeply involved, eye. show more

  • 83
    Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly

    Davies registers believable frustration and deadpan teenage disengagement in equal measure. show more

  • 90
    Hal Hinson Washington Post

    A director with a more sensationalistic temperament might have milked this last section of the picture for melodramatic effect, but Russell's direction becomes, if anything, more brisk and more clipped. show more

  • 80
    The New York Times

    It is also the sort of astonishingly fresh and self-assured work that can make a reputation. show more

  • 80
    Washington Post

    This is dangerous, dissonant material, but writer/director David O. Russell, making his feature filmmaking debut, somehow pulls it off. show more

  • 70
    Peter Rainer Los Angeles Times

    Russell is unusual among first-time directors in his ability to mold and shape performance. [28 Jul 1994 Pg. F2] show more

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