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Critic Reviews for Splendor
After makinh some significant indies about gay teen angst, Araki's point of departure is a below-mediocre romantic triangle picture that borrows heavily from Noel Coward, Hawks, and Cukor but without freshn insights or charm.
Allow me to make a case for a controversial filmmaker despite his inarguably awful new work, and perhaps even despite the general course of his career since 1994.
An agreeable enough watch--that is, until the film is over, when you realize that not once did you care for any of these characters.
Splendor, purportedly a a sex farce, has had all of its joy and energy surgically removed.
eye-popping, provocative love triangle
Audience Reviews for Splendor
Splendor is a funny and good-natured romantic dramedy about a polyamorous relationship. While sometimes the comedy and drama elements clash with each other, the film holds itself together thanks to strong performances and plenty of funny humor to go around. I felt that the film treated the subject matter rather well and that it really gives a glimpse into what many would feel is a taboo relationship between three people. I had no problem with this aspect, but I can see uptight people whining about such a setup. Splendor overall is an underrated indie flick that provides plenty of entertainment and it also manages to be rather sexy as well. If you enjoy a good indie film, Splendor is a film worth seeing.
Splendor is conceptually interesting, and occasionally complimented well by Araki's visual flair, but overall it falls short. The humor is completely ineffective for the most part, with strained comedic scenes that worked to aggravate me rather than amuse me. Kathleen Robertson is a capable and beautiful lead, and she plays this role very well overall. The same cannot be said for her co-stars Johnathon Schaech and Matt Keeslar, both of whom deliver forced and often downright annoying performances. A mildly entertaining but altogether unnecessary film.
In Splendor we get to see the lighter side of Gregg Araki, and I loved it. It was funny! But it had a serious side, as well. Quirky and romantic, hip and edgy. Great film.
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