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Sordid Lives Reviews

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Janet Branagan
Apollo Guide
August 3, 2003
Runs the risk of alienating its audience by going a little too far over the top and, in its efforts to be different, delivers instead, more of the same.
Full Review | Original Score: 57/100
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
April 2, 2003
Texans are idiots, but they have hearts as big as the great outdoors--I get it already.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
March 6, 2003
Its stereotypes are insulting, its jokes are unfunny, and its emotions are labored. Sordid Lives is a sordid movie.
| Original Score: 2/10
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
February 28, 2003
If only the lives in Sordid Lives were sordid. Instead, the movie might better be titled Loud Lives.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
October 21, 2002
Check this out if you're in the mood to laugh at humanity's looniness.
Jeffrey Bruner
Des Moines Register
October 10, 2002
Things always feel about a half step from spinning wildly out of control, but Sordid Lives remains a guilty pleasure that you enjoy and keep to yourself .
Full Review| Original Score: 3/5
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Robert K. Elder
Chicago Tribune
July 20, 2002
A train wreck you can't help but watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Erin Meister
Boston Globe
June 28, 2002
While the film at times feels like a clumsily acted play, a surprising turn by Delta Burke carries the cast out of the doldrums of an often-strained plot line.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
March 1, 2002
The corn of Sordid Lives comes heavily salted -- nudity, bold talk, gay coming-out, transvestism -- but it's the crunch of the corn that will either win you or send you desperately to the lobby for the real thing.
| Original Score: 2/4
Kim Linekin
January 22, 2002
Long-winded comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
January 19, 2002
Big, trashy fun.
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
January 18, 2002
A movie that, while robustly performed ... has the strange effect of not so much opening up a play for the screen as closing it in.
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
January 18, 2002
If the film's flaws are large, so are its laughs.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
September 28, 2001
There's a genuine sweetness and familial affection that shines through Sordid Lives, and enough oddball humor to keep it mooo-ving along.
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
June 25, 2001
Sordid Lives is a galloping riot of dysfunctional family humor. Too bad it's just not that funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
San Francisco Examiner
June 19, 2001
By pleading and begging and coaxing us to love the characters in Sordid Lives, Shores only guarantees our indifference and disgust.
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Wesley Morris
San Francisco Chronicle
June 15, 2001
The laughs come in all the wrong places when they come at all.
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David Hunter
Hollywood Reporter
May 16, 2001
Shrill and punishingly unfunny.
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
May 11, 2001
Del Shores' local stage hit seems at times too big for the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
May 10, 2001
Sordid Lives feels like a play in perhaps the least successful way: It's composed of really long scenes that are mostly dialogue, with transition action imagined or implied only.
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