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Beyond the Valley of the Dolls Reviews

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

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

Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed | Original Score: 3/4

June 15, 2008
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

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

Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy | Original Score: 8/10

February 25, 2008

TV Guide's Movie Guide

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

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

December 17, 2007
Kim Newman
Empire Magazine

Russ Meyer does mainstream, kind of.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

February 14, 2007
Emanuel Levy

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 Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: B-

December 28, 2006

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 5/5

September 23, 2006

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

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine

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

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 3.5/4

June 12, 2006
Spence D.
IGN Movies

| Original Score: 3/5

December 17, 2004
David Thomas

in its own way, a classic

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 4/5

April 18, 2004

Austin Chronicle

Chock-full of campy raunch.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle

October 1, 2003
Jeffrey M. Anderson
San Francisco Examiner

| Original Score: 3/5

December 11, 2002
Michael Musto
Village Voice
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A psychedelic wow that serves up the free love, plunging necklines, androgynous boys, and lusty lezzies of the era with a narcotized abandon.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

November 19, 2002
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal

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

Full Review Source: Montreal Film Journal | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 10, 2002
Rob Gonsalves

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

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 4/5

January 1, 2000
Variety Staff
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This trashy, gaudy, sound-stage vulgarity about low life among the high life is as funny as a burning orphanage.

Full Review Source: Variety

December 17, 2007
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

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

Full Review Source: 7M Pictures | Original Score: 2/5

July 19, 2006
Steve Crum
Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers

Schlock most famous due to Roger Ebert's screenplay.

| Original Score: 2/5

June 30, 2006
Vincent Canby
New York Times
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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 Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

May 9, 2005
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

| Original Score: 1/5

March 27, 2004
Rumsey Taylor
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
February 7, 2012
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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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.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times

January 1, 2000
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