Beyond the Valley of the Dolls Reviews

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
June 15, 2008

A funky, wonky, and entertaining jolt into the decade that bred free loving, hipster rockers, and hippies...

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
February 25, 2008

The very definition of self-conscious camp, certainly not Art but much too intelligent for Trash.

Full Review | Original Score: 8/10

TV Guide's Movie Guide
December 17, 2007

An outrageously entertaining cult classic, and probably one of the most bizarre movies ever produced by a major Hollywood studio.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Kim Newman
Empire Magazine
February 14, 2007

Russ Meyer does mainstream, kind of.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
December 28, 2006

One of the strangest and wildest cult flicks to be ever financed by a major studio (Fox), this sequel has not aged well but it serves as a time capsule to its era.

Full Review | Original Score: B-

Bullz-Eye.com
September 23, 2006

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5

Time Out
Top Critic
June 24, 2006

With his first movie for a major studio, Meyer simply did what he'd been doing for years, only bigger and better.

Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine
June 12, 2006

As his overactive jump cuts prove, Meyer directs films as though he's perpetually on the cusp of a fantastic orgasm.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Spence D.
IGN Movies
December 17, 2004

| Original Score: 3/5
David Thomas
Filmcritic.com
April 18, 2004

in its own way, a classic

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

Austin Chronicle
October 1, 2003

Chock-full of campy raunch.

Jeffrey M. Anderson
San Francisco Examiner
December 11, 2002

| Original Score: 3/5
Michael Musto
Village Voice
Top Critic
November 19, 2002

A psychedelic wow that serves up the free love, plunging necklines, androgynous boys, and lusty lezzies of the era with a narcotized abandon.

Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
September 10, 2002

It's a B-movie at its best; exploitation with brains.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
January 1, 2000

I can't call it a bad film, since all its eccentricities (including the groovy dialogue) were obviously lovingly placed there.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Variety Staff
Variety
Top Critic
December 17, 2007

This trashy, gaudy, sound-stage vulgarity about low life among the high life is as funny as a burning orphanage.

Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
July 19, 2006

Beyond the Valley of the Dolls is one of the most incomprehensible films I have ever seen.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Steve Crum
Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers
June 30, 2006

Schlock most famous due to Roger Ebert's screenplay.

| Original Score: 2/5
Vincent Canby
New York Times
Top Critic
May 9, 2005

Any movie that Jacqueline Susann thinks would damage her reputation as a writer cannot be all bad. Beyond the Valley of the Dolls isn't -- which is not to say it is any good.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 27, 2004

| Original Score: 1/5
Rumsey Taylor
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
February 7, 2012

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic
January 1, 2000

Although it would not be appropriate for me to review it or give it a star rating, I offer the following observations written for Film Comment magazine on the occasion of the movie's 10th anniversary in 1980.

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