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    Edward Guthmann San Francisco Chronicle

    It's impossible to imagine why Lions Gate, the indie distributor that released "Monster's Ball," would bother with this garbage. show more

  • 75
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    To say that Vulgar is not for all tastes might be the understatement of the year. For starters, this black comedy has a male rape scene that makes the one in "Deliverance" seem mild by comparison. show more

  • NA
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    Vulgar doesn't begin to describe it: Try one of the foulest, least funny films ever made under the rubric of black comedy. show more

  • NA
    Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly

    The only thing shocking about it, however, is the degree to which self-congratulatory gutter exhibitionism has become the degraded ash end of indie ''edge.'' show more

  • 20
    L.A. Weekly

    First-time director Bryan Johnson's failure to resolve the film’s two moods -- psychopathic sexual brutality and light social satire -- proves fatal. show more

  • 10
    Los Angeles Times

    Johnson does seem to have some psycho-sexual ax to grind amid all this visual and sexual crudity. For instance, women barely figure in the action, with Will taking on various stereotypical feminine attributes. But good luck finding meaning in all this mess. show more

  • 10
    Andy Klein New Times (L.A.)

    The acting tends toward the cartoonish (not in a good way), and the story is built on a series of illogical motivations. show more

  • NA
    Mark Holcomb Village Voice

    Sure to appear in everyone's worst-of lists at year's end, to say nothing of a few bad dreams, Bryan Johnson's Vulgar is an unclassifiably awful study in self- and audience-abuse. show more

  • NA
    Dave Kehr The New York Times

    Too campy to work as straight drama and too violent and sordid to function as comedy, Vulgar is, truly and thankfully, a one-of-a-kind work. show more

  • NA
    Dennis Harvey Variety

    Inexplicably mixing lamer-than-lame "bad taste" comedy with yea worse traumatized-assault-victim histrionics, pic's only entertainment value lies in viewer weighing whether pic is primarily a.) offensive b.) amateurish c.) pathetic or d.) a cry for help. show more

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