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Splendor (1999)

tomatometer

60

Average Rating: 5.5/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 2

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63

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Average Rating: 3.4/5
User Ratings: 2,290

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Movie Info

A struggling actress forges an unusual family unit with two separate boyfriends in this romantic comedy from indie auteur Gregg Araki. Veronica (Kathleen Robertson) hasn't had a decent date for a year, but one Halloween she meets not one but two perfect guys: Zed (Matt Keeslar), a rock drummer who does her on the floor of a club bathroom after his show, and Abel (Johnathon Schaech), an affable rock critic and would-be novelist, who seems more interested in connecting with her soul than her

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Comedy, Romance

Gregg Araki

Nov 23, 1999

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All Critics (30) | Top Critics (12) | Fresh (11) | Rotten (8) | DVD (3)

After makinh some significant indies about gay teen angst, Araki's point of departure is a below-mediocre romantic triangle picture that borrows heavily from Noel Coward, Hawks, and Cukor but without freshn insights or charm.

February 9, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
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Allow me to make a case for a controversial filmmaker despite his inarguably awful new work, and perhaps even despite the general course of his career since 1994.

August 21, 2009 Full Review Source: City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul

An agreeable enough watch--that is, until the film is over, when you realize that not once did you care for any of these characters.

January 3, 2009 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

Splendor, purportedly a a sex farce, has had all of its joy and energy surgically removed.

July 14, 2004

eye-popping, provocative love triangle

August 4, 2002
Kalamazoo Gazette

It's far from great, has nothing remotely memorable about it and suffers from a certain derivativeness.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Audience Reviews for Splendor

Splendor is conceptually interesting, and occasionally complimented well by Araki's visual flair, but overall it falls short. The humor is completely ineffective for the most part, with strained comedic scenes that worked to aggravate me rather than amuse me. Kathleen Robertson is a capable and beautiful lead, and she plays this role very well overall. The same cannot be said for her co-stars Johnathon Schaech and Matt Keeslar, both of whom deliver forced and often downright annoying performances. A mildly entertaining but altogether unnecessary film.
December 12, 2010
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