Spring Breakers Reviews

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Wesley Morris
Grantland
January 3, 2014
The movie is too calculated to shock. Korine just wants to be the danger he's warning us about.
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
April 4, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
March 29, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bruce Demara
Toronto Star
March 28, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
March 25, 2013
The film stands, overall, as one of the director's richer provocations ...
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
March 22, 2013
Once a year, St. Petersburg is awash with thoughtless, unpleasant people making poor decisions. This spring, Korine is one of them.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
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Tom Charity
CNN.com
March 22, 2013
An authentically cracked expression of the crazy, conflicting signals bombarding today's teenagers.
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
March 22, 2013
Korine gestures toward social criticism, but essentially this is just an hour and a half of bongs [and] beers... thinly dressed as Natural Born Killers.
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
March 22, 2013
Having fun has rarely felt this dangerous.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
March 22, 2013
... 'Spring Breakers' is a gas to look at and to hear, and it's easily Korine's most successfully sustained work."
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Adam Graham
Detroit News
March 22, 2013
A half hour, four hours, two days after walking away from it you might still flashback to its seductive, neon-lit, dayglow world.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Cary Darling
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
March 21, 2013
A mash-up of last year's teensploitation opus Project X, Pulp Fiction, Natural Born Killers and a Girls Gone Wild video.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
March 21, 2013
"Girls Gone Wild" meets "Natural Born Killers" with a chaser of social satire.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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March 21, 2013
Korine is tap-dancing so fast that it's never really clear exactly what he's up to, but none of it adds up to much in the end.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
March 21, 2013
Korine likes the poetics of transgression, and he trowels on the bad behavior with a heavy but mesmerizing hand.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
March 21, 2013
What should be infuriating makes sense in the context of the director's twisted cinematic rulebook.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
March 21, 2013
In another movie, these girls would be sex objects. In Spring Breakers, we're all too aware of what lurks under the pretty packaging.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
March 21, 2013
It may be irritating, but "Spring Breakers" is like a sunburn we can't help scratching.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
March 21, 2013
Starts out like a salacious, rump-centric and blithely bare-breasted hip-hop video and ends up in the realm of scary and inspired trash.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Roeper
Chicago Sun-Times
March 21, 2013
A candy-colored fever dream is the most unforgettable movie of the year so far.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Dana Stevens
Slate
March 20, 2013
Any irregularity in tone becomes a part of the movie's intentionally rough, imperfect surface-a formal strategy I might find interesting if I could make head or tail of what the movie that's using it is trying to say.
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
March 20, 2013
James Franco's performance alone is worth the price of admission.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
March 18, 2013
Spring Breakers strikes me as another of Korine's calculated punk outrages, a sploog in Disney's direction.
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Simon Abrams
Chicago Sun-Times
March 17, 2013
Korine's latest is a characteristically serious film about inherently ridiculous characters, but it's too montonous to be really thoughtful or funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
March 15, 2013
Basically a "Girls Gone Wild'' short artily padded out to feature-length by endlessly repeating the same scenes and lines of dialogue, often three or more times.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
March 15, 2013
"Spring Breakers" is so over-the-top, so-overdone, so extreme, it'd turn even a hedonist off sex.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
March 14, 2013
Spring Breakers is an exploitative display of bacchanalian excess, casual sex and rampant nudity that's more tedious than titillating.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
March 14, 2013
The movie is an arty lark of ambiguous entertainment value, pulsing with melancholy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
March 14, 2013
As presented by Korine, this bacchanal has become codified, conformist and utterly repetitive. Are we having fun yet?
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
March 14, 2013
[Korine] turns his exploration into such a gonzo, outrageously funny party that it takes a while to appreciate that this is more of a horror film than a comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
March 14, 2013
Spring Breakers, beach-party fluff done as an art film by the reliably bizarre Harmony Korine, is a return to form for Franco.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
March 14, 2013
Korine manages to make much of the film into a "Natural Born Killers"-style pop patchwork with a videogame-influenced lack of morality.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
March 14, 2013
We're all screwed, Korine seems to be saying. It's very sad - but also kinda sexy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
March 14, 2013
Surrendering to the Korine paradox has never been more tempting than it is with Spring Breakers, which is lush and exuberant and gives his admittedly brilliant eye its fullest expression to date.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
March 12, 2013
Whatever other charges you want to level against "Spring Breakers" - such as incoherence, plotlessness, salaciousness and mind-numbing monotony - it has no lack of high concept.
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Scott Foundas
Village Voice
March 12, 2013
All I knew is I couldn't wait to see it a second time.
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
March 12, 2013
Spring Breakers is either an inspired satire of the youth movie or the most irresponsible comedy mainstream Hollywood will never make. The bros in your crowd will call it rad -- and radical it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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David Rooney
Hollywood Reporter
September 18, 2012
It has hypnotic visual style and a dense, driving soundscape. But it's also too monotonous and thematically empty to be seriously provocative.
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Guy Lodge
Variety
September 17, 2012
Attractively fizzy pic may be a shock to the system for fans of teen queens Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens, but remains pretty toothless titillation by its writer-helmer's standards.
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Jordan Hoffman
Film.com
September 7, 2012
It would be easy to dismiss 'Spring Breakers.' Lord I'd like to.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
September 7, 2012
Spring Breakers is all surface and sham; it's trash about humpers.