• R, 1 hr. 39 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Penelope Spheeris
    In Theaters:
    Dec 31, 1983 Wide
    On DVD:
    Oct 24, 2000
  • New Concorde Home Entertainment

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Suburbia Reviews

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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
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It still shows enormous empathy and sensitivity in capturing the angst and alienation of American youth, making it seem both rooted in a specific time and place and strangely timeless.

Full Review Source: AV Club

June 9, 2014

TV Guide's Movie Guide

Although hardly believable, the story is effective, making its rather unwholesome characters sympathetic.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3/4

June 9, 2014
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Its sincere sympathy for the runaway kids is what elevates this standard rebellious teen flick above many others in this genre.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: B

December 20, 2007
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

This drama (aka The Wild Side), the first of Spheeris' two youth movies of the 1980s, concerns angry boys whose rebelliousness in reflected in cutting their hair instead of growing it long; the mood is right, the text is not.

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: C+

February 9, 2007
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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A justifiably angry film, fast and full of violent action, though there's plenty of humour too; and the lack of originality is amply compensated for by its manifest sincerity.

Full Review Source: Time Out

January 26, 2006
Scott Weinberg
DVDTalk.com

"I was a good filmmaker ... before I sold out," says Penelope Spheeris on her audio commentary, and it's tough not to appreciate the gal's candor.

Full Review Source: DVDTalk.com | Original Score: 3/5

January 8, 2006

Film4

The film now has a glow of roseate, nostalgic charm -- partly a product of the winning incompetence of most of the performances.

Full Review Source: Film4

May 24, 2003
Vincent Canby
New York Times
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Penelope Spheeris's Suburbia is a clear- eyed, compassionate melodrama about a bunch of young dropouts who call themselves ''The Rejected'' or, for short, the TR's.

Full Review Source: New York Times

May 20, 2003
James Rocchi
Netflix

Gritty Los Angeles punk-rock chronicle is ugly, raw and realistic.

Full Review Source: Netflix | Original Score: 3/5

November 7, 2002
Blake French
NutzWorld

| Original Score: 0/5

December 19, 2006
David Poland
Hot Button

| Original Score: 3/5

November 21, 2002
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