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Sordid Lives (2000)

tomatometer

33

Average Rating: 4.5/10
Critic Reviews: 9
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 6

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86

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Average Rating: 4.1/5
User Ratings: 3,337

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Movie Info

Writer-director Del Shores serves up a heaping helping of Southern-fried comic melodrama in this adaptation of his own play about infidelity, country & western music, and Airstream trailers. When their sister dies, Latrelle (Bonnie Bedelia), LaVonda (Ann Walker), and Sissy (Beth Grant) plan her funeral -- an unenviable task, considering that they must carefully hide the deceased's affair with amputee G.W. (Beau Bridges) from his wife, the vindictive Noleta (Delta Burke). Meanwhile, the trio has

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Drama, Comedy

Del Shores

Mar 18, 2003

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All Critics (34) | Top Critics (13) | Fresh (10) | Rotten (17) | DVD (6)

A train wreck you can't help but watch.

July 20, 2002 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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While the film at times feels like a clumsily acted play, a surprising turn by Delta Burke carries the cast out of the doldrums of an often-strained plot line.

June 28, 2002 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe
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A movie that, while robustly performed ... has the strange effect of not so much opening up a play for the screen as closing it in.

January 18, 2002 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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If the film's flaws are large, so are its laughs.

January 18, 2002
Globe and Mail
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There's a genuine sweetness and familial affection that shines through Sordid Lives, and enough oddball humor to keep it mooo-ving along.

September 28, 2001 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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The laughs come in all the wrong places when they come at all.

June 15, 2001 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Runs the risk of alienating its audience by going a little too far over the top and, in its efforts to be different, delivers instead, more of the same.

August 3, 2003 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

Texans are idiots, but they have hearts as big as the great outdoors--I get it already.

April 2, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

Its stereotypes are insulting, its jokes are unfunny, and its emotions are labored. Sordid Lives is a sordid movie.

March 6, 2003
Movie Metropolis

If only the lives in Sordid Lives were sordid. Instead, the movie might better be titled Loud Lives.

February 28, 2003 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Check this out if you're in the mood to laugh at humanity's looniness.

October 21, 2002 Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan
San Diego Metropolitan

Things always feel about a half step from spinning wildly out of control, but Sordid Lives remains a guilty pleasure that you enjoy and keep to yourself .

October 10, 2002 Full Review
Des Moines Register

The corn of Sordid Lives comes heavily salted -- nudity, bold talk, gay coming-out, transvestism -- but it's the crunch of the corn that will either win you or send you desperately to the lobby for the real thing.

March 1, 2002 Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune
San Diego Union-Tribune

Long-winded comedy.

January 22, 2002 Full Review Source: eye WEEKLY
eye WEEKLY

Big, trashy fun.

January 19, 2002 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

Sordid Lives is a galloping riot of dysfunctional family humor. Too bad it's just not that funny.

June 25, 2001 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

By pleading and begging and coaxing us to love the characters in Sordid Lives, Shores only guarantees our indifference and disgust.

June 19, 2001
San Francisco Examiner

Sordid Lives feels like a play in perhaps the least successful way: It's composed of really long scenes that are mostly dialogue, with transition action imagined or implied only.

May 10, 2001
New Times

Audience Reviews for Sordid Lives

Very similar to the way things are at home in Mississippi for me!! hehe
January 30, 2008
Tomassgringo

Super Reviewer

Wonderfully bizarre.
June 7, 2009
SunilJawahir

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