Splendor (1999)



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Splendor, a sexy, stylish, and giddy romp about a white-bread beauty and her bevy of beaus, is designed to charm you while splattering romantic idealism in your face. Veronica is a picket-fence-pretty actress searching for a good man in Los Angeles. While slam-dancing at a Halloween rave, she meets Abel, a sensitive poet who moves her soul deeper than anyone before. Ten minutes later, she locks eyes with Zed, a supersexy, tattooed drummer with incredible biceps. Veronica faces a dilemma: Should … More

Rating: R (for sexual material, language and some drug use)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: Gregg Araki
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On DVD: Nov 23, 1999
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Critic Reviews for Splendor

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (12)

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.

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Los Angeles Times
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New York Times
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Full Review… | September 17, 1999
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | May 19, 2004
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Audience Reviews for Splendor


I liked it.

Leigh Ryan

Super Reviewer


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.

Mike T.

Super Reviewer

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