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Slums of Beverly Hills Reviews

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Rob Blackwelder
January 1, 2000
Lyonne's splendid efforts are undermined by the scattered focus on other characters, who are well-acted but too much of a distraction.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
May 28, 2001
It's hard for me to sympathize with people I don't like, and except for Lyonne's character I didn't like anyone in the story.
| Original Score: 6/10
Susan Granger
January 1, 2000
Ms. Jenkins developed her script at the Sundance Institute -- hence Robert Redford's name as executive producer -- but her quirky humor is quite heavy-handed and she needs to learn how to do some judicious editing.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005
Aside from Corrigan, there is nothing that I can recommend about it.
Full Review | Original Score: D
January 1, 2000
Really, it sounds more intriguing than it is. Nothing really happens.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
Despite showing that she has a talent for writing clever dialogue, Jenkins quickly loses control over the story's direction.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ray Conlogue
Globe and Mail
July 12, 2002
There's an alchemy that can transform personal experience into a great film, but it was nowhere nearby when Tamara Jenkins wrote and directed this lacklustre first feature.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Michael Dequina
January 1, 2000
The snack food equivalent of film -- it satisfies for a while, but it doesn't fill you up in the long run.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Scott Renshaw
January 1, 2000
I wish Jenkins had showed more faith in Murray and Vivian. Like the Abramowitzes themselves, she doesn't seem to know how good she really has it.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
Refreshingly real.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Fred Topel
July 14, 2003
Not much humor here. The statement about white trash is lost in an incest subplot. Just a mess.
| Original Score: 2/5
Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette
December 12, 2003
not as bad as the title makes it sound
| Original Score: 2/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
November 25, 2007
...a slight movie but a brave one
Full Review| Original Score: 87/100
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Basically I enjoyed Slums of Beverly Hills -- for the wisecracking, for the family squabbles, for the notion of squatters who stake a claim in a Beverly Hills where money, after all, is not the only currency.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
The character's struggles with the pitfalls of adolescent development may be particular to women, but many of the emotional ramifications will strike a chord of familiarity for men, as well.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
James Rocchi
November 7, 2002
Lyonne is a natural, and clearly a young actress to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Scott Weinberg
July 25, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
Rebecca Murray
March 16, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
Christopher Null
January 1, 2000
Tamara Jenkins hits gold with this first effort, a funny portrayal of teen angst on the fringes of 1976 Beverly Hills.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Wally Hammond
Time Out
June 24, 2006
A small film with plenty of incidental pleasures, writer/director Jenkins' debut feature puts a winning new spin on the adolescent comedy-drama.
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