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Affluenza (2014)

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Average Rating: 2.3/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 5

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Suburbia, 2008. Swept up in a heady pre-recession world of absentee parents, plentiful booze and casual sex, aspiring photographer Fisher Miller (Ben Rosenfield) escapes his middle-class life for the moneyed mansions of the young, beautiful elite. With a stash of high-quality weed and a vintage camera, he gains access to his gorgeous cousin Kate's (Nicola Peltz) circle of wealthy and indulged friends, just as their entitled reality is about to spin out of control. A revealing take on the hidden

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Antonio Macia

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All Critics (14) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (3) | Rotten (11)

Kevin Asch's sophomore feature attempts to tackle weighty themes but ultimately feels as shallow as the lives of most of its principal characters.

July 22, 2014 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
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"The Great Gatsby" Lite screenplay by Antonio Macia hasn't the sharpness of satire or the momentousness of an American tragedy, veering instead toward middling melodrama.

July 17, 2014 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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An empty recasting of 'The Great Gatsby' among Long Island rich kids circa 2008.

July 11, 2014 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
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Straining to find a correlation, even metaphorical, between teenage hedonism and economic collapse, "Affluenza" never coheres.

July 10, 2014 Full Review Source: New York Times
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The movie's ennui feels like so much posing, and the Bret Easton Ellis-lite characters are monotone.

July 10, 2014 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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The film is an empty shell, reducing a complex lament to a shallow portrait of wealthy hedonists behaving badly.

July 10, 2014 Full Review Source: AV Club
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A stilted, utterly phony drama of rich-kid angst that thinks it's saying something about the hidden perils of privilege but is actually just an exercise in wheel-spinning inanity.

August 16, 2014 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

Wealthy young people party in overly ambitious drama.

July 18, 2014 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Though it prefers F. Scott Fitzgerald's voice to any whisper of its own, Affluenza is well-acted and often cutting and canny in its condemnation of entitled, apathetic youth.

July 11, 2014 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

"Affluenza" thinks it is deep when it is merely trite. It illuminates nothing.

July 11, 2014 Full Review Source: RogerEbert.com
RogerEbert.com

The film is like an episode of Gossip Girl that's mistaken itself for one of the great satires by Evelyn Waugh.

July 10, 2014 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Handsome-looking but all-too-familiar drama about wealthy Long Island teens with too much money and time on their hands makes no inroads into the adolescent angst that afflicts the silver-spoon set.

July 10, 2014 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Nothing is revealing or surprising in this horse-beating tale of spiritual poverty among the extremely wealthy.

July 8, 2014 Full Review Source: The Dissolve
The Dissolve

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