Spring Breakers (2013)



Critic Consensus: Spring Breakers blends stinging social commentary with bikini cheesecake and a bravura James Franco performance.

Movie Info

Brit (Ashley Benson), Candy (Vanessa Hudgens), Cotty (Rachel Korine) and Faith (Selena Gomez) have been best friends since grade school. They live together in a boring college dorm and are hungry for adventure. All they have to do is save enough money for spring break to get their shot at having some real fun. A serendipitous encounter with rapper "Alien" (James Franco) promises to provide the girls with all the thrill and excitement they could hope for. With the encouragement of their new … More

Rating: R (for strong sexual content, language, nudity, drug use and violence throughout)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Art House & International, Comedy, Cult Movies
Directed By:
Written By: Harmony Korine
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 9, 2013
Box Office: $14.1M
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Critic Reviews for Spring Breakers

All Critics (168) | Top Critics (41)

The movie is too calculated to shock. Korine just wants to be the danger he's warning us about.

Full Review… | January 3, 2014
Top Critic

Actual spring breakers will probably loathe the movie; it's really for the pale art majors who never went.

Full Review… | July 14, 2015

The most extraordinary thing about Korine's direction is how he gradually shifts the position of the viewer from self-possessed outsider looking in to complete immersion during a denouement where there is no one worth rooting for.

Full Review… | June 1, 2015

Sort of like what might happen if Jean-Luc Godard directed a Girls Gone Wild video, it's not just a movie that has its cake and eats it too. This is a movie that has its cake and eats more cake.

Full Review… | April 28, 2015
Philadelphia Weekly

Korine's most entertaining film to date.

Full Review… | August 11, 2014
Film School Rejects

It's Malick-meets-dubstep amid post-"Kids"-skin-and-sin with the costumes of Pussy Riot and a sunset-by-the-sea Britney Spears sing-along by Alien and the girls that is both ridiculous and touching.

Full Review… | April 9, 2014

Audience Reviews for Spring Breakers

Very interesting. Starts off all dumb drunk teens doing dumb drunk things, but soon turns very dark. I would like to watch this again before commenting fully.

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

Four college students resort to robbery to fund a spring break trip to Florida.
Lacking almost all restraint, director Harmony Korine fashions a didactic drama about hedonism and materialism while including enough skin to make Hugh Hefner blush. Though the film is clearly "artistic" (as opposed to pornographic) with its slow motion shots, fractured narrative, and repeated "poetic" voice-overs, it can't escape the fact that it quickly becomes a parody of itself. Take for example a scene in which Alien shows off his "pad." He says, "Look at my shit" approximately twenty times, and I couldn't resist thinking, "Look at my props department. They found a lot of guns and an oddly shaped bed." A lack of subtlety isn't always necessary, but Spring Breakers goes so over the top that I couldn't stomach the predictable conclusion of its ham-handed plot.
Overall, Harmony Korine may be a fine writer, as evidenced by Kids, but as a director he has much to learn.

Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

Somewhere between a mindless music video and Terence Malick... grotesque, compelling cinema (European in style, kind of like Drive was) that uses little dialogue and (I'm not the first reviewer to say) "hallucinatory" effects to make its point about how desensitized to sex and violence a whole generation is... about how we play the roles before we even know what they are. Brave and interesting work - much better than the "Disney Kids Go To College" movie I half-expected.

Daniel Perry

Super Reviewer

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