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Gummo (1997)



Average Rating: 4.6/10
Reviews Counted: 36
Fresh: 12
Rotten: 24

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Average Rating: 4/10
Reviews Counted: 8
Fresh: 2
Rotten: 6

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.


Average Rating: 3.6/5
User Ratings: 21,708


Movie Info

Some time after a devastating tornado has leveled their town, a group of eclectic, ennui-stricken teenagers in Xenia, Ohio pass their days by riding their bikes, playing practical jokes, sniffing glue and paying for sex with a friend's sister.

R (For pervasive depiction of anti-social behavior of juveniles, including violence, substance abuse, sexuality, and language)
Drama , Art House & International , Special Interest
Directed By:
Written By:
Harmony Korine
In Theaters:
Mar 20, 2001


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Critic Reviews for Gummo

All Critics (38) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (12) | Rotten (24) | DVD (9)

Enfant terrible Harmony Korine makes a bizarre, idiosyncratic directing debut with his uncompromising look at youth alientaion in Middle-America, whose downbeat tone and off-putting imagery should appeal to small minority of viewers.

Full Review… | April 28, 2008
Top Critic

C'mon, Harmony. Mano a boyo. What are you really trying to prove here?

Full Review… | April 28, 2008
Top Critic

Problematic, troubling, dangerous even, but breathtakingly original, and absolutely true to the times. The cutting edge doesn't get any sharper than this.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

In real life, this town was devastated by a tornado 20 years ago. According to Korine's version of things, it never recovered.

Full Review… | April 12, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

No conceivable competition [this year] will match the sourness, cynicism and pretension of Korine's debut feature.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
New York Times
Top Critic

Korine's objective is so narrow and mean, and his viewpoint so colored by smug, adolescent condescension, that Gummo comes off like a mean-spirited prank.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

A glue-sniffer's reverie and an aestheticized episode of Beavis & Butthead, explicitly and bracingly set up as an act of cinematic vandalism

Full Review… | February 7, 2010

Gummo aims to be provocatively anti-everything: anti-Christian, anti-feline, non-narrative, unpolished, visually dyslexic, and imaginatively off-putting.

Full Review… | August 20, 2009

Harsh, funny, repellent and occasionally quite moving.

Full Review… | April 28, 2008
TV Guide's Movie Guide

It's bleak, brutal and redeemed only by Reynolds's outstanding performance.

Full Review… | April 28, 2008

Directors have been hailed as visionaries for less.

Full Review… | February 14, 2008

Korine is the Jerry Springer of this world. He doesn't judge his subjects, he can still identify with them.

Full Review… | December 6, 2005
Film Threat

Like watching life on the surface of an alien planet

September 16, 2005

Less shocking than utterly boring.

Full Review… | March 23, 2004

Enter Harmony Korine's directorial debut: new trends in discouraging filmmaking.

February 21, 2004

Its an underground wonder.

September 30, 2003

Abounds with strange beauty.

Full Review… | August 11, 2003
Combustible Celluloid

Probably the vilest waste of 2 hours of my life.

November 12, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

revels in the filth and squalor of the worst variations of human existence, without giving any true insight or understanding about the predicaments of its pathetic character

Full Review… | February 27, 2001
Q Network Film Desk

If not the single worst film of the decade, at least the worst of the year -- and I saw Tarzan and the Lost City.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000

Korine's trying to offer a radical vision of rotten America, but the whole thing feels warmed over.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
San Francisco Examiner

Audience Reviews for Gummo

A disjointed, pointless and depressing exercise in nihilism, with Korine just throwing together random scenes to show the filth of the white trash. But all that he manages to do is make us feel sick at following the loathsome lives of a bunch of repulsive characters.

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer


A largely plotless, impressionistic and depressing tour of the hopeless white trash residents of Xenia, OH. A lot like what would result if someone took home videos of that embarassing welfare-addicted branch of the family no one likes to talk about and mixed them in a blender with experimental shorts from film school; it's sometimes interesting, more frequently incoherent and annoying.

Greg S

Super Reviewer

'Gummo' is a very strange little film. Its documentary realism is rather captivating, the bizarre people we see appear to be completely real.

There's no plot to speak of, its just an insight into underclass America. The filthy circumstances these people live in will make you cringe, as will their moronic forms of socialising, which includes cheered-on chair smashing.

The film is certainly laced with pretension, and there are pointless scenes that just reek of 'art-house'. I can understand why some people wouldn't like it; it's non-linear, quirky narrative is very likely to polarise audiences. However, I found the veritable aberrance of the film undeniably interesting.

While 'Gummo' isn't that good, its candid realism makes its uneventful narrative quite engrossing; it may well be the most peculiar film you ever see.

Jack Hawkins
Jack Hawkins

Super Reviewer


With the mix of surrealism and realism, Harmony's vision about the "white trash", boring and strange lifes is unique and for me one of the most importants American movies from the 90's. Gummo is a disturbing portrait, showing to the audience a great acting by Jacob Reynolds. Fresh.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

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