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Southland Tales Reviews

Jonathan Crocker
Time Out
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By the climax, his truly ambitious, truly flawed film finally disappears into the 'time-space rift' (or whatever) to achieve some sort of cosmic transcendence.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 2/6

December 7, 2007
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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One of the most confusing, ridiculous, pretentious and disastrous cinematic train wrecks I've ever seen.

November 19, 2007
Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
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By the time the movie rolls into its third hour, it's exhausted most of its comic energy, leaving you disoriented and unable to remember much of what you just saw.

Full Review Source: San Jose Mercury News | Original Score: 2/4

November 16, 2007
Tom Long
Detroit News
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Immature, crude, poorly made and a waste of time.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: D

November 16, 2007
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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No amount of reworking could salvage what was a misbegotten and unfunny idea to begin with.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 1/4

November 16, 2007
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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You can't be both political and incoherent.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

November 16, 2007
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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Even if the world Kelly's concocted always seems screamingly incoherent, you have to hand it to him. He's made a movie of our messy times that's too ambitious to settle for merely capturing the mess. It actually is the mess.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 16, 2007
Mark Rahner
Seattle Times
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Consequently, I can recommend it to 'enhanced interrogation' practitioners who are tired of waterboarding.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 1/4

November 16, 2007
Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
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The movie's failure to come together -- indeed to make sense for most of its 144 minutes, each one passing with the speed of molasses -- is a major disappointment.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 1/4

November 16, 2007
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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A Schwarzeneggerian actor, related to a political dynasty, has been kidnapped, replaced with a double, and -- I give up. A plot synopsis would require that the movie have a plot.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 1/4

November 16, 2007
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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Writer/director Richard Kelly misses the mark with this bubbling stew of images and ideas that never quite congeals into a viable film.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2/4

November 15, 2007
Keith Phipps
AV Club
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There's more. Much more, all of it absurd and confusing. That isn't necessarily meant as a complaint.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: C-

November 15, 2007
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Dizzyingly incoherent and subversively surreal, this sophomore effort from the man who made the great, strange Donnie Darko is certain to have its fans. I'm not going to be one of them.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 2/4

November 15, 2007
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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Southland may be ambitious in its genre-defying abandon, sideswiping science fiction, satire, film noir and melodrama along the way, but it's also exasperatingly convoluted, self-amused and politically sophomoric.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

November 15, 2007
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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We're plunked down in the middle of an apocalyptic mess. This time the mess is not so much addressed as embodied by the film itself -- but damned if it doesn't roll around in your head a while.

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

November 15, 2007
Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
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Compared to the seemingly unsalvageable disaster Kelly screened at Cannes, this overcooked folly is a miraculous, Frankensteinian resurrection. Maybe this is grading on a curve, but I'd always rather have an excess of ambition than the opposite.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

November 15, 2007
Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
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Kelly seems to think that to merely mention Fallujah or global warming -- or to name a bank after Karl Rove -- is the same as actually having an opinion about them.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

November 15, 2007
David Germain
Associated Press
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With boundless ambition far exceeding his ability to tell a coherent story, Kelly manages only an artistic apocalypse.

Full Review Source: Associated Press

November 14, 2007
Melissa Anderson
Time Out New York
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Southland Tales is one of the smartest, funniest, most audacious -- and most mournful -- films of the year.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 5/6

November 14, 2007
Jan Stuart
Newsday
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Southland Tales contains stuff as uproariously out-there as anything in Kubrick's Dr. Strangelove and as unnervingly subversive as Frankenheimer's The Manchurian Candidate.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 14, 2007
Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
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As the plot becomes more convoluted and the movie goes haywire, what saves it are its sardonic details.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3/5

November 14, 2007
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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Spending $12 and 2 1/2 hours (30 minutes less than the Cannes cut) on something as aggressively bad as Southland Tales is not something I can recommend with a clear conscience.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 0/4

November 14, 2007
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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Southland Tales is a funny, audacious, messy and feverishly inspired look at America and its discontents.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4/5

November 14, 2007
David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
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A colleague recently burbled to me that Southland Tales is "the worst movie of the year," and I could not disagree more. Yes, it's astonishingly bad, but it's far too demented to warrant that ultimate dishonor.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

November 12, 2007
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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Southland Tales has a mood unlike anything I've seen: dread that morphs into kitsch and then back again. It's a film that tried my patience, and one I couldn't shake off.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B-

November 7, 2007
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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An example of a sophomore jinx encountered by radically experimental directors after their first effort proved to have more traction with audiences and critics than they had anticipated.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

November 7, 2007
J. Hoberman
Village Voice
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In its willful, self-involved eccentricity, Southland Tales is really something else. Kelly's movie may not be entirely coherent, but that's because there's so much it wants to say.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

November 6, 2007
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