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Spun (2003)



Average Rating: 4.7/10
Reviews Counted: 79
Fresh: 29 | Rotten: 50

A chaotic drug movie that has little substance behind the stylistic flash.


Average Rating: 3.9/10
Critic Reviews: 26
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 22

A chaotic drug movie that has little substance behind the stylistic flash.



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A crystal-meth addict struggles to get his next fix as he obsesses over a recent breakup in Spun, a black-comic drug drama from music video director Jonas Akerlund. Rushmore's Jason Schwartzman stars as Ross, a young man who finds his maniacal world crumbling around him over the course of one long weekend. Spun chronicles Ross' travails as he tries to score from his regular dealer, Spider Mike (John Leguizamo), who realizes during Ross' visit that he's misplaced his stash. Indisposed by the


Drama, Comedy

Will De Los Santos, Creighton Vero

Jul 22, 2003


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All Critics (86) | Top Critics (28) | Fresh (29) | Rotten (50) | DVD (13)

It never quite convinces you this is anything but a fashion shoot.

May 9, 2003 Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Comment (1)
Toronto Star
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A placebo of a film.

May 9, 2003 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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Ultimately, Spun has no more substance than American Pie II.

April 25, 2003
Detroit Free Press
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This drug drama has enough drugs to stock a hospital but precious little in the way of drama.

April 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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A gleefully repulsive movie.

April 18, 2003 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
Miami Herald
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A loud, disorderly descent into narcissism, a movie so in love with itself that its gaze rarely leaves the mirror.

April 4, 2003
Arizona Republic
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The mix of a fast pace, animated moments, and the always nuts Rourke makes for an entertaining flick

June 21, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Scouts
Film Scouts

Mesmo com seu ótimo elenco, esta cópia sem personalidade de Vamos Nessa! e Réquiem para um Sonho é o exemplo perfeito da expressão 'muito estilo para pouco conteúdo'.

May 11, 2006
Cinema em Cena

Une bien mauvaise caricature.

December 9, 2005 Full Review Source: Panorama

Madly arranged in one ambivalent, entirely creative work that attempts not only to convey a feeling, but a sense of experience

March 9, 2005 Full Review Source:

More intent on giving us a day-in-the-life presentation of some speed freaks and their hijinks than actually telling us anything about them. Their actions are meaningless.

April 17, 2004 Full Review Source:

Like an ex-addict reminiscing over their days of dependence, it's dead behind the eyes: hollowed out.

November 25, 2003 Full Review Source:

Aims for the edge but eccentricity and excess take over and dominate, thus taking the rest of the film down with them.

October 25, 2003 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

Boring it's not.

October 8, 2003 Full Review Source:

Repulsive but mesmerizing.

August 19, 2003
San Francisco Examiner

The performances are astonishingly strong--edgy and kinetic, open and fearless.

August 7, 2003 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

A weird speed freak trip comedy that has all the trippers spinning out-of-control.

July 30, 2003 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Inundated with trip-cam trickery that (rides) the ups and downs of the main character's drug buzzes, the film is nothing if not stylish, but falls short for lack of depth.

July 22, 2003 Full Review Source: SPLICEDWire

There's something endearing about Åkerlund and his cast's eagerness to appall.

July 8, 2003 Full Review Source: eye WEEKLY

Spun is mostly played for laughs, as evidenced by the broad style employed by the various actors.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Despite several fine performances, the anti-drug movie never hits whatever marks it was aiming for.

May 21, 2003 Full Review Source:

This debut feature from Swedish director Jonas Akerlund takes the audience on a wild ride with such squirmy authenticity that it leaves you feeling in need of a long shower.

May 20, 2003
Palo Alto Weekly

The problem with this much disgust is that it has a leveling effect; after a while, you don't feel shocked or moved, or even dirty, just bored.

May 9, 2003 Full Review Source: National Post
National Post

You can't look away.

May 9, 2003 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

It's giving Spun too much credit to say it's all style and no substance.

May 9, 2003 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Audience Reviews for Spun

I don't ever get the story about drug movie, but I like the visualization when someone hit the drugs.
December 2, 2012
Various meth addicts do various cruel shit.
This film is full of stylistic gimmicks: every time a character takes a hit of meth, there is a frenetic special effect, and it is edited so that there rarely is a shot that lasts over three seconds. I'm sure that this might be what it's like to be on meth, but ultimately these gimmicks don't make a film. When I wrote my first sentence, a story synopsis, I didn't know what to write because there isn't a fluid narrative. Additionally, there is not a signal likable character in the film; Jason Schwartzman's character could pass for a hero, but early in the film he handcuffs his naked girlfriend to a bed and blinds and gags her with duct tape - not exactly Atticus Finch. You might say that as a drug film, there shouldn't be any likable characters, but they should at least be interesting or trying to be likable. I think Trainspotting is a good film for comparison. The film basically opens with Renton trying to quit heroin. Of course, he doesn't, but it immediately begins with an admirable goal, one with which we can sympathize. There isn't even the prospect of quitting; even the cops pursuing the addicts are on meth.
Overall, the gimmicks that fill this film can do nothing to counter its many glaring flaws.
August 14, 2011
Jim Hunter

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What a ride, and I finally got around to watching it. Filled with interesting, complex and totally strung out characters...just going on with their everyday lives. Pretty intriguing flick.
June 4, 2010
This film was great! Many people have compared it to Requiem for a Dream, however I preferred this movie (Because Brittany Murphy is on it). Requiem accurately depicted drug addiction and how low some people would sink for their next hit. It was a very depressing and powerful movie, not one I would ever want to watch again. You leave the theater feeling extremely drained. Spun is altogether different. The only thing they have in common is their central theme. Spun centers around Ross, the fairly normal speed freak as his addiction takes him farther and farther away from reality.

Initially, I thought the characters were grossly overacted, however as the movie progressed, the opening sequences did not seem as far removed from Ross' world as I had originally thought. It was very interesting to see Ross' character move farther and farther away from reality. It was only a 3-day all-you-can-consume speed trip, however he started off as a normal guy with a drug problem and ended up on Mars, completely detached from reality. I also thought the cartoon sequences were very effective, they accurately demonstrated his impoverished state of mind while he was tripping. The audience got the impression he really was flying in his own world. It was interesting to see the lifestyles of the other people involved in the drug trade, most had been completely dehumanized by their dependence, living in squalor yet completely unaware of their surroundings.

A great film! One that I can watch again for entertainment purposes only, but which also drives home the anti-drug message without being preachy
December 27, 2009

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