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Slums of Beverly Hills Reviews

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Emanuel Levy
March 26, 2009
Funny, well acted comedy from a new director whose career shuld be watched
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
November 25, 2007
...a slight movie but a brave one
Full Review| Original Score: 87/100
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide
January 12, 2007
Uneven but filled with flashes of painful insight into the pitfalls awaiting adolescent girls.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Alspector
Chicago Reader
January 12, 2007
Though hypocritical in the way it sensationalizes sexuality, this serious and funny 1998 movie about a 15-year-old coming to terms with her body and her family in 1976 is, refreshingly, never coy or ironic.
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Wally Hammond
Time Out
June 24, 2006
A small film with plenty of incidental pleasures, writer/director Jenkins' debut feature puts a winning new spin on the adolescent comedy-drama.
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005
Aside from Corrigan, there is nothing that I can recommend about it.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette
December 12, 2003
not as bad as the title makes it sound
| Original Score: 2/5
Fred Topel
July 14, 2003
Not much humor here. The statement about white trash is lost in an incest subplot. Just a mess.
| Original Score: 2/5
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
May 22, 2003
A marvelous, fresh new coming-of-age comedy-drama, one that breathes fresh new life into the genre.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
May 14, 2003
Intelligent, humorous and thoroughly poignant, this can easily hold its own with the best comedies of the year.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Dan Lybarger
Nitrate Online
February 2, 2003
Terrific performances from Alan Arkin and Natasha Lyonne dominate this engrossing look at a financially strapped Jewish family trying to survive despite their penury.
| Original Score: 4/5
James Rocchi
November 7, 2002
Lyonne is a natural, and clearly a young actress to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
Refreshingly real.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ray Conlogue
Globe and Mail
July 12, 2002
There's an alchemy that can transform personal experience into a great film, but it was nowhere nearby when Tamara Jenkins wrote and directed this lacklustre first feature.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Lael Loewenstein
Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
Ultimately it's all a bit predictable -- the cyclical story more or less ends where it begins -- but it's nevertheless a charming and delightful romp, with keen observations about character, time and place.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 2, 2002
This zany comedy written and directed by Tamara Jenkins is filled with humorous takes on sexuality in the 1970s.
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
May 28, 2001
It's hard for me to sympathize with people I don't like, and except for Lyonne's character I didn't like anyone in the story.
| Original Score: 6/10
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 11, 2001
What lifts this brash comedy above the vulgar herd is Tamara Jenkins in a heartfelt feature debut as writer and director.
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
February 27, 2001
It covers some serious topics about adolescence, but it does it with a wink and a knowing nod; some things that are tragic when you're 14 are quite funny in hindsight.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jack Mathews
Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2001
Generally Jenkins shows few rookie jitters, and she got excellent performances from the rest of her cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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