The Real Cancun Reviews

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 29, 2010
Terrible, explicit movie -- beware!
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
July 6, 2004
True exploitation filmmaking. Watching it is getting fleeced.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/5
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
January 4, 2004
It's not quite the end of civilization as we know it, but it's not a good sign.
| Original Score: 2/5
David Foucher
EDGE Boston
October 7, 2003
As if we needed feature length versions of MTV's "The Real World," served up this weekend is two hours of Cancun hysteria. Is it real? Yup - real dumb.
Full Review | Original Score: F
Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies
September 7, 2003
It's a document of the decline of Western civilization, and no, it's not because everyone in it drinks, has sex, and parties but because when asked if someone could film it, they said yes.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
September 6, 2003
Perversely, disturbingly entertaining, and as much of a glimpse into the dark depths of human nature as a Dostoevsky novel.
| Original Score: 3/5
Bryant Frazer
Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
July 30, 2003
With a strangely irritating editorial sensibility, the filmmakers work desperately at juicing up a narrative, but mostly meet with failure.
| Original Score: F
Shannon J. Harvey
Sunday Times (Australia)
July 29, 2003
Never has the word "real" been used in a more liberal way, because this reality movie seems to have a tighter script than American Pie - or at least one cloned from it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
June 27, 2003
"Girls Gone Wild" meets "The Real Wold" in miniature, with Snoop Dogg's seal of approval.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Nick Rogers
State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
June 27, 2003
With its shimmering cinematography, The Real Cancun is better at hiding the city's grimy exterior than at being fun to watch.
| Original Score: 2/4
Mark Palermo
Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
June 3, 2003
Unfolds with the same simplicity as any multitude of teen films that are honest about being fiction.
Stephen Himes
Film Snobs
May 28, 2003
If you want a movie in which teenagers have a lot of sex, then rent a Larry Clark film. These "real" documentaries contain far less truth than Christopher Guest's "mock" documentaries.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
May 9, 2003
Hardly qualifies as a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Bruce Kirkland
Jam! Movies
May 9, 2003
As Forrest Gump once intoned, stupid is as stupid does. Stupid does it up big in The Real Cancun.
| Original Score: 1/5
Steve Tilley
Jam! Movies
May 9, 2003
Whether you see it as a more-raunchy The Real World or a toned-down Girls Gone Wild, the reality of this reality movie is it's nothing we haven't seen before.
| Original Score: 2/5
Katrina Onstad
National Post
May 9, 2003
A fascinating document about the hollowness of contemporary youth culture.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
May 6, 2003
The quick cuts, swooping aerial shots, and images of wet T-shirt contests don't change what this is - a bunch of self indulgent 20-year-olds massaging their egos on camera.
Full Review | Original Score: 44/100
Scott Weinberg
May 5, 2003
...scene after scene of flirt, tease, posture, preen, rebuff. I've seen animal shows on Discovery that present their subject material with less clinical detachment.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Wilson Morales
May 2, 2003
While some may find the film off-putting like the other TV reality shows, the film itself is quite appealing and funny and should make a boatload of money from individuals who want to venture into someone else's world.
Paul Clinton (
Boxoffice Magazine
May 1, 2003
A hopelessly, shallow 'reality' movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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