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Spring Breakers (2013)

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Average Rating: 6.3/10
Reviews Counted: 165
Fresh: 108 | Rotten: 57

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

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Average Rating: 6.6/10
Critic Reviews: 41
Fresh: 26 | Rotten: 15

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

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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

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

January 3, 2014 Full Review Source: Grantland
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It's campy and comic at times, but Korine also gives the film a downbeat, melancholic edge, with voiceovers, pointed repetition of dialogue and images, and hallucinatory camera work, sound and editing.

April 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Neon bright and all raw energy, Spring Breakers is a pulsating paradox of a movie, both a tangerine dream and a cultural reality check, a pop artifact that simultaneously exploits and explores the shallowness of pop artifacts.

March 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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Korine's story is a searing indictment of today's hedonistic, nihilistic youth, and his script is loaded with sharp, telling dialogue that exposes the rotten moral cores of its characters.

March 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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The film stands, overall, as one of the director's richer provocations ...

March 25, 2013 Full Review Source: New Yorker
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Once a year, St. Petersburg is awash with thoughtless, unpleasant people making poor decisions. This spring, Korine is one of them.

March 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Korine's most entertaining film to date.

August 11, 2014 Full Review Source: Film School Rejects
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.

April 9, 2014 Full Review Source: Newcity
Newcity

...a thoroughly detestable piece of gutter trash masquerading as some kind of abstract piece of pop art.

December 31, 2013 Full Review Source: FromTheBalcony

I'm not sure how many glow sticks died in the making of Spring Breakers, but I am sure that it was worth it.

December 19, 2013 Full Review Source: AskMen.com

A trippy, florescent whirl of boobs and bongs.

September 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Us Weekly
Us Weekly

I couldn't get past the feeling that this was basically the director's softcore material masquerading as a feature film

August 20, 2013 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

Often exploitative and completely gratuitous, it succeeds in also exploring the recklessness of youth...

July 9, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Harmony Korine's Spring Breakers is rough around the edges, visually pleasing, experimental and a downright bizarre film, but one that's worthy of at least one viewing.

July 7, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

A ridiculous, repetitive and empty drama.

June 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Big Hollywood
Big Hollywood

You're probably gonna hate Spring Breakers, but I bet you love it, too.

June 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Deadspin
Deadspin

If you can look beyond Harmony Korine's misogynistic, uncomfortably leering view of the women in his film, there is some stuff to enjoy, though the film is held back by an unfortunate lack of substance.

June 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Fan The Fire
Fan The Fire

"Spring Breakers" might engender multiple viewings and a cult status la "Scarface." Korine, unfortunately, jumps the gun by frequently repeating lines of Franco's dialogue in voiceover, as if "Spring Breakers" already is on repeat.

May 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Sacramento Bee
Sacramento Bee

While films such as Spring Breakers should never be blamed for gun violence, they can be used to gauge just how much people truly care about such issues. And how quickly they are willing to forget.

May 17, 2013 Full Review Source: 3AW

Director Korine obviously wants to make some profound comment about the debauchery of Floridian spring-breaking but he's sucked into the whole sleazy world head-first.

May 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Rip It Up

A simultaneous celebration and criticism of youth.

May 9, 2013 Full Review Source: Flicks.co.nz
Flicks.co.nz

In many ways, this trashy, dazzling but enigmatic film belongs to Franco's Alien, a wannabe gangsta who just doesn't have the guts or heart to be a cold-hearted thug.

May 8, 2013 Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)
FILMINK (Australia)

The ideals of freedom, paradise and the American dream pulse in a neon coloured, bubble-gum scented descent into darkness

May 6, 2013 Full Review Source: The Popcorn Junkie
The Popcorn Junkie

Parents will look on with dismay; others will leave feeling bemused but thoroughly entertained.

May 5, 2013 Full Review Source: The Sun Herald
The Sun Herald

It's not exactly an exploitation film, and it's not exactly an art film, but it's also both at the same time. It's the type of experience that blows your mind but convinces you that nobody else on the planet is going to "get" it.

May 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Audience Reviews for Spring Breakers

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.
April 17, 2014
danperry17

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Exploitation of the youth market is nothing new, nor is the same masquerading as social commentary. The only rarity is how well Harmony Korine manages this overlong music video/Abercombie & Fitch commercial. The basement party crowd get their prerequisite boobs and gunplay, the social commentary crowd get ... not so much, which is better for the basement party set anyway. Like many American International films before it, you can wait to see it.
March 5, 2014
ApeneckFletcher

Super Reviewer

This movie is off the flippin' chain. I don't think it's necessarily effective satire because the line between social commentary and glorification of debauchery gets too blurred, but I could hardly tear my eyes away from style auteur Harmony Korine's candy-crush guilt-free Bacchanal. The clever juxtapositions of innocence and immorality paint an extreme, not-far-off culture of excess. The girls engage in kinky-baby playground games, quickly devolving into a terrifying barrage of sex, drugs, profanity, and armed robbery. The non-stop depravation is wicked and titillating, and the gang's crime and violence spree underscored by plaintive pop ballads is at once brutal and eerily beautiful.

Sweethearts of PG-13 television Ashley Benson and Vanessa Hudgens prove their bad-babe mettle as amoral provocateurs who sell every curse and finger-pistol. Corn-rowed gold-grilled James Franco is kerazy, as usual, and appallingly impressive when he submits to the girls' sexually deviant ploys. Disney Princess Selena Gomez, as the churchy good-girl, shows off her enviable Spring Break bod and ultimately reveals some decent dramatic chops in a silent, teary face-off with Alien.
January 6, 2014
aliceinpunderland

Super Reviewer

Spring Breakers is an intriguing film. What initially starts out as a superficial focus on hedonistic desires evolves (devolves?) into a nightmare come to life. The visual sequences build on repetition to the point where the audience is desensitized to all the wild partying. At first all the attractive young coeds in various states of undress threatens to become a part of what it ultimately condemns. Even when the girls are in a college classroom their minds are focused on less academic pursuits. But just when you acclimate to the debauched surroundings, the director ratchets up the intensity. There are scenes that have such an uneasy feel, they degenerate from a lighthearted good time into horror within seconds. The picture grows dark. It's that ability to juggle a rapidly shifting narrative that makes Spring Breakers such a fascinating watch. It's much more than what the trailers promote. It dares to show the consequences and for that reason, Spring Breakers deserves your attention.

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January 1, 2014
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    1. Alien: Look at all mah shit.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (4 months ago)
    1. Alien: Spring break. Spring break. Spring break fo'ever.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (4 months ago)
    1. Alien: Bikini's and big booties - that's what it's all about.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (4 months ago)
    1. Faith: Please come home with me.
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    1. Brit: Faith, we're not gonna let anything happen to you.
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    1. Faith: I'm starting to think this is most spiritual place I've ever been.
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