Julien Donkey-Boy Reviews

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Cole Smithey
September 29, 2007
This movie could make you physically ill.
| Original Score: 0/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
May 3, 2007
... mostly it just seemed mean, ruthless and designed simply to shock the sensibilities of the squares.
Full Review | Original Score: 82/100
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
August 11, 2003
The armless cardsharp and the rapping albino are just two of the treasures in this miraculous movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Joshua Tanzer
April 29, 2003
Most people who see Julien Donkey-Boy will leave the theater disturbed and it will take a special kind of odd-movie aficionado to appreciate the feeling.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Shlomo Schwartzberg
Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
Julien Donkey-Boy really is an excuse to let Korine go nuts with his jerky video camera as he stitches together a series of completely unrelated and utterly vapid sequences.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
Paula Nechak
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
April 3, 2002
While julien donkey-boy is neither bourgeois nor romantic, it is often unsettlingly funny, though it ultimately recedes into a dark womb of despair.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Scott Von Doviak
September 26, 2001
Has the look and feel of something unearthed in an archeological dig - a primitive piece of folk art.
Christabel Padmore
Apollo Guide
March 27, 2001
It's disappointing that this film doesn't really have a storyline, because the characters have a lot of potential.
Full Review | Original Score: 70/100
Top Critic
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2001
Julien donkey-boy acquires a spiritual dimension that allows it ultimately to become an act of redemption.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Christopher Null
February 14, 2001
Julien Donkey-Boy, a nihilistic bit of crap that wants to be oh-so-cool but is really just a low-budget exploration of nothing.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Robert Payne
January 1, 2000
Donkey-Boy exists in an uneasy space between documentary, improvisation, and fictional narrative, and often makes one suspect that Korine may be exploiting his oddball cast.
| Original Score: 2/4
Michael Dequina
January 1, 2000
The sophomore directorial effort of Harmony Korine is one steaming, smelly pile of cinematic excrement.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 1, 2000
This in-your-face film is about attitude.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Rob Blackwelder
January 1, 2000
julien donkey-boy is fascinating viewing for a movie that has nothing to say and nowhere to go.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Wesley Morris
San Francisco Examiner
January 1, 2000
Julien feels like it could go blow up at any time. It implodes instead, and the meltdown, though visible in one of the final sequences, is still corrosive.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Top Critic
Ana Marie Cox
January 1, 2000
Projects such as Julien exist not to explore the essentials of a film, but to induce in audiences a kind of critical vertigo.
Harvey S. Karten
January 1, 2000
The picture is so personal to the filmmaker, so lacking universality and general interest to a diverse audience, that it might as well be a home movie shown to bored uncles and aunts.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
January 1, 2000
Julian Donkey-Boy, a movie so edgy that you'd like to push it off the edge of a cliff.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Cynthia Fuchs
Nitrate Online
January 1, 2000
Julien Donkey-Boy is never boring to watch. But it is less than inspired in its subject matter.
Jon Popick
Planet Sick-Boy
January 1, 2000
Julien donkey-boy is a mess. The story is virtually non-existent and, because of the Dogme restraints, the film is much darker and considerably more grainy than Gummo.
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