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Beyond the Valley of the Dolls Reviews

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Variety Staff
December 17, 2007
This trashy, gaudy, sound-stage vulgarity about low life among the high life is as funny as a burning orphanage.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 27, 2004
| Original Score: 1/5
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
July 19, 2006
Beyond the Valley of the Dolls is one of the most incomprehensible films I have ever seen.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Steve Crum
Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers
June 30, 2006
Schlock most famous due to Roger Ebert's screenplay.
| Original Score: 2/5
Mark Palermo
The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
January 30, 2003
| Original Score: 2/5
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
August 3, 2003
| Original Score: 0/5
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 9, 2005
Any movie that Jacqueline Susann thinks would damage her reputation as a writer cannot be all bad. Beyond the Valley of the Dolls isn't -- which is not to say it is any good.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine
June 12, 2006
As his overactive jump cuts prove, Meyer directs films as though he's perpetually on the cusp of a fantastic orgasm.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
February 25, 2008
The very definition of self-conscious camp, certainly not Art but much too intelligent for Trash.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Rob Gonsalves
January 1, 2000
I can't call it a bad film, since all its eccentricities (including the groovy dialogue) were obviously lovingly placed there.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
San Francisco Examiner
December 11, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
June 15, 2008
A funky, wonky, and entertaining jolt into the decade that bred free loving, hipster rockers, and hippies...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
David Thomas
April 18, 2004
in its own way, a classic
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Michael Musto
Village Voice
November 19, 2002
A psychedelic wow that serves up the free love, plunging necklines, androgynous boys, and lusty lezzies of the era with a narcotized abandon.
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
September 10, 2002
It's a B-movie at its best; exploitation with brains.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Spence D.
IGN Movies
December 17, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
Emanuel Levy
December 28, 2006
One of the strangest and wildest cult flicks to be ever financed by a major studio (Fox), this sequel has not aged well but it serves as a time capsule to its era.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Kim Newman
Empire Magazine
February 14, 2007
Russ Meyer does mainstream, kind of.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

Austin Chronicle
October 1, 2003
Chock-full of campy raunch.
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
With his first movie for a major studio, Meyer simply did what he'd been doing for years, only bigger and better.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Although it would not be appropriate for me to review it or give it a star rating, I offer the following observations written for Film Comment magazine on the occasion of the movie's 10th anniversary in 1980.
Rumsey Taylor
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
February 7, 2012
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