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The Doom Generation Reviews

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
January 14, 2011
Striking to look at, though often offensively opportunistic, this mainly comes across as a throwaway shocker with energy to spare. There's not much thought in evidence though.

TV Guide
January 14, 2011
For the terminally hip and/or terminally adolescent.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Variety Staff
March 26, 2009
A nihilistic comedy about a trio of alienated youngsters, pic is bold not only in its art design, but also in its narrative and tone, a mixture of satire and horror with heavy dosage of steamy sex and macabre violence.
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Emanuel Levy
June 20, 2006
Inspired by Godard's classic Band Apart, Araki's fifth feature is his most audacious and most technically accomplished film to date, reflecting the larger than usual budget and gained experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
Imagine Natural Born Killers with a sense of humour.
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
December 20, 2005
Self-consciously strives for transgressive nihilism without ever recognizing the sheer absurdity of its every component.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Clint Morris
March 11, 2005
A cult classic.....steamy hot, wicked funny
| Original Score: 3/5
Fred Topel
July 14, 2003
Potentially clever, but ultimately the raw violence isn't creative and therefore is offensive.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Sledgehammer direction, heavy irony and the easiest imaginable targets hardly show talent off to good advantage.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 12, 2001
It's a savagely funny ride fueled by Araki's insight and blunt compassion.
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
February 13, 2001
Plays like a low-budget Natural Born Killers -- and that is not intended as a compliment.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
This is the kind of movie where the filmmaker hopes to shock you with sickening carnage and violent amorality, while at the same time holding himself carefully aloof from it with his style.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
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Tom Keogh
January 1, 2000
You sense that there is so much more at stake here than meets the eye, an extraordinary anger about and fear of 90s purposelessness and predatory intolerance.
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Kathy Fennessy
January 1, 2000
More like Natural Born Killers than any other film that comes to mind, but it's ultimately sexier, funnier, and much more 'alternative' (in every sense of the word).
Michael Haile
Boxoffice Magazine
January 1, 2000
A senseless comic exercise in pushing the limits of decency for that sake alone.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Hal Hinson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
An arty atrocity for thugs and sub-literates that makes Natural Born Killers look like The Sound of Music.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
The violence becomes commonplace. The crudities never end. But there are hip benefits for staying to watch.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 1, 2000
After seeing all the mayhem and watching how retarded and alienated the teens acted, the film felt as healthy as a combined diet of junk food and crystal meth (speed).
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
January 1, 2000
It's young, it's hip, it's excruciating for anyone who has already survived adolescence.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
Joyce Dundas
Empire Magazine
January 1, 2000
As a stylish black comedy, it is impressively uncompromising and should be applauded.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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