Spun Reviews

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Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
May 9, 2003
It never quite convinces you this is anything but a fashion shoot.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
May 9, 2003
A placebo of a film.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
April 25, 2003
Ultimately, Spun has no more substance than American Pie II.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
April 24, 2003
This drug drama has enough drugs to stock a hospital but precious little in the way of drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
April 18, 2003
A gleefully repulsive movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
April 18, 2003
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
April 4, 2003
A loud, disorderly descent into narcissism, a movie so in love with itself that its gaze rarely leaves the mirror.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 4, 2003
The movie is like the low-rent, road show version of those serious drug movies where everybody is macho and deadly.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
April 3, 2003
This movie is less than zero.
Full Review | Original Score: F
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Loren King
Chicago Tribune
April 3, 2003
[Akerlund] has effectively created a head-spinning, flesh-crawling milieu all his own, but Spun is ultimately short on substance and long on style.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
March 28, 2003
Ultimately, plot complication and freneticism can't distract us from noticing that the movie has no insights, no point, no urgency and no importance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mary Brennan
Seattle Times
March 28, 2003
Less a movie than an idea for a movie, and unfortunately it's a very bad idea for a movie.
| Original Score: 0/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
March 28, 2003
Mistakes flash for cleverness.
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
March 28, 2003
The Core is not the only disaster flick opening today, and it's doubtful that the folks in that movie can save the urchins on crystal meth in Spun.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
March 28, 2003
A great deal of energy is spent setting the thing up, bringing it off and then, post-rush, it just sort of drifts off into nowhere and goes still.
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
March 27, 2003
Seems to exist for no reason other than to suggest that crystal-meth freaks are really scattered innocents looking for their next consciousness-raising jolt.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
March 27, 2003
Spun is slummishly stylish, occasionally funny, and pretty much devoid of meaning.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
March 20, 2003
In Spun, the nightmare never ends for the pretty young Hollywood things like Mena Suvari and Brittany Murphy who play methamphetamine dress-up with pasted-on pimples and brushed-on bruises.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Paul Malcolm
L.A. Weekly
March 19, 2003
While his characters wallow and his wasted cast founders in the shoals of Will De Los Santos and Creighton Vero's script, Åkerlund apes the tics of his primary influences: Oliver Stone, Darren Aronofsky and the photography of David LaChapelle.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
March 18, 2003
[I]t's so concerned with camera trickery and letting the actors go nuts, that there's no fuel left in the tank for story or character development.
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John Anderson
Newsday
March 14, 2003
Spun may have its ambitions, but its adolescent eagerness to offend is what lingers.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Megan Lehmann
New York Post
March 14, 2003
All flash, no substance.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Jeff Stark
Salon.com
March 14, 2003
This tale of Southern California speed freaks works too hard for its high.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
March 13, 2003
If Spun doesn't glamorize the world it surveys, its parade of reeling potty-mouthed clowns (especially Mr. Rourke's cowboy chemist) still exudes a kind of doomy charisma.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
March 13, 2003
Accomplished, but it's also numbing.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Jessica Winter
Village Voice
March 11, 2003
The traumatized critic must struggle to avoid capital letters in urging patrons to steer clear of the colorfully cast but unbearable Spun.
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David Hunter
Hollywood Reporter
September 18, 2002
Virtuoso cinema that mercilessly holds a light up to wasted lives but also comes down off its high to make us care about these lost souls.