Gummo (1997) - Rotten Tomatoes


Gummo (1997)



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Some time after a devastating tornado has leveled their town, a group of eclectic, ennui-stricken teenagers in Xenia, Ohio pass their days by riding their bikes, playing practical jokes, sniffing glue and paying for sex with a friend's sister.


Nick Sutton
as Tummler
Jacob Sewell
as Bunny Boy
Linda Manz
as Solomon's Mom
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Critic Reviews for Gummo

All Critics (36) | Top Critics (8)

Enfant terrible Harmony Korine makes a bizarre, idiosyncratic directing debut with his uncompromising look at youth alientaion in Middle-America, whose downbeat tone and off-putting imagery should appeal to small minority of viewers.

April 28, 2008
Top Critic

C'mon, Harmony. Mano a boyo. What are you really trying to prove here?

April 28, 2008 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Problematic, troubling, dangerous even, but breathtakingly original, and absolutely true to the times. The cutting edge doesn't get any sharper than this.

February 9, 2006 | Full Review…
Top Critic

In real life, this town was devastated by a tornado 20 years ago. According to Korine's version of things, it never recovered.

April 12, 2002 | Rating: 1/4

Korine's objective is so narrow and mean, and his viewpoint so colored by smug, adolescent condescension, that Gummo comes off like a mean-spirited prank.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

No conceivable competition [this year] will match the sourness, cynicism and pretension of Korine's debut feature.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 1/5

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Daniel J DeMersseman
Daniel J DeMersseman

Super Reviewer

A disjointed, pointless and depressing exercise in nihilism, with Korine just throwing together random scenes to show the filth of the white trash. But all that he manages to do is make us feel sick at following the loathsome lives of a bunch of repulsive characters.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


A largely plotless, impressionistic and depressing tour of the hopeless white trash residents of Xenia, OH. A lot like what would result if someone took home videos of that embarassing welfare-addicted branch of the family no one likes to talk about and mixed them in a blender with experimental shorts from film school; it's sometimes interesting, more frequently incoherent and annoying.

Greg S
Greg S

Super Reviewer

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