• R, 1 hr. 51 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Del Shores
    In Theaters:
    Jan 1, 2000 Wide
    On DVD:
    Mar 18, 2003
  • Regent Entertainment


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Sordid Lives Reviews

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Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan

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

Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan

October 21, 2002
Jeffrey Bruner
Des Moines Register

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 .

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

October 10, 2002
Robert K. Elder
Chicago Tribune
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A train wreck you can't help but watch.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 20, 2002
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies

Big, trashy fun.

Full Review Source: Jam! Movies

January 19, 2002
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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If the film's flaws are large, so are its laughs.

January 18, 2002
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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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.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times

September 28, 2001
Dave White

Dang it if you won't laugh out loud through the whole thing!

Full Review Source: IFilm

May 10, 2001

E! Online

It's hard to frown on a comedy that gleefully throws this much caution to the hot dusty wind.

Full Review Source: E! Online

May 10, 2001
Brandon Judell
Detour Magazine

It's a constant hoot and a half especially if you enjoy gals who've lost 42 pounds at Jenny Craig and been to bed with a guy with one testicle.

Full Review | Original Score: 6/10

April 26, 2001
David Noh
Film Journal International

A wacky, colorful trailer-trash farce with a raft of over-the-top, yet appealing, characters.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

March 6, 2001
Emanuel Levy

| Original Score: 1/5

May 31, 2005
Janet Branagan
Apollo Guide

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.

Full Review Source: Apollo Guide | Original Score: 57/100

August 3, 2003
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

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

Full Review Source: Film Freak Central | Original Score: 0/4

April 2, 2003
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

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

| Original Score: 2/10

March 6, 2003
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

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

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 1.5/4

February 28, 2003
Erin Meister
Boston Globe
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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.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2/4

June 28, 2002
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune

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.

Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

March 1, 2002
Kim Linekin

Long-winded comedy.

Full Review Source: eye WEEKLY | Original Score: 2/5

January 22, 2002
Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
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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.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star

January 18, 2002
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle

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

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 1.5/5

June 25, 2001
Robert Koehler
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Emily Blunt
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Rich Cline
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December 10, 2001
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