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Southland Tales Reviews

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Mark Asch
Stop Smiling
December 17, 2013
As in Kelly's previous film, Southland's flaws, and its scope, are magnificently earnest; the guy is in way over his head, but his flailing is extravagant.
Mark Olsen
Film Comment Magazine
November 19, 2013
As the follow-up to his debut feature, the unexpectedly enduring teen-movie/sci-fi hybrid Donnie Darko, writer-director Richard Kelly has crafted an even more ambitious and far-reaching story
Simon Miraudo
September 16, 2013
Writer-director Richard Kelly throws a lot at the wall. The problem, if that's what we should call it, is that everything sticks. That's bad news for those who like some narrative clarity, and great news for those who enjoy bonkers wall art.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Chris Sawin
June 11, 2013
Unusual and extremely ambitious with an alternate reality that is entirely absorbing; Southland Tales is Richard Kelly's magnum opus that only a small few are able to recognize. Thankfully, those small few are pimps. And pimps don't commit suicide.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Emanuel Levy
July 23, 2011
Not much improvement over the vfirst, severely flawed version.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Dave White
April 4, 2011
Dude, I have no idea.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Rob Gonsalves
November 8, 2009
The brilliance of Southland Tales is inextricable from its flaws, if indeed they are flaws.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Fernando F. Croce
August 25, 2009
Has the galvanic pulse of a filmmaker trying things out, failing, and trying again
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
July 29, 2009
It's the sort of experience you feel embarrassed about even though you had nothing to do with it, because it's not just a mess, it's a pretentious mess
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
December 30, 2008
This is not just another hodgepodge of a movie that's all noise and excess; writer/ director Richard Kelly has a point here; he has plenty to say.
| Original Score: 71/100
Michael Dequina
December 27, 2008
The type of incoherent, indulgent muddle that can only emerge from the mind of someone who is quite talented.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Marc Fennell
ABC News (Australia)
August 31, 2008
I'll give it this: Southland Tales is never boring.
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
August 17, 2008
entirely misdirected, and the film never gels or even makes sense
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Sean Gandert
Paste Magazine
July 31, 2008
Although it's by any reasonable means a flawed film, Southland Tales demands watching, if only for its cinematic achievements.
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
May 3, 2008
Sets up such a pretense of intellectualism it fools its audience into believing it's on a plane they can't understand...
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
April 26, 2008
A subversive and annihilistic satire on America, lurching from black comedy to farce, from dramatic insight to superficial jokes
Bryant Frazer
Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
March 21, 2008
When it's not being obstinately stupid, Southland Tales is just difficult to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper
March 6, 2008
While Donnie Darko is a fine film regardless of your level of sobriety, Richard Kelly's sophomore effort most definitely is not.
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
January 10, 2008
I hope Kelly's career survives Southland Tales, unless, that is, he plans to make more movies like this.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Anthony Quinn
Independent (UK)
December 7, 2007
They've left it late, but writer-director Richard Kelly (Donnie Darko) and his team have gone and scooped The Independent's Worst Film of 2007 award - against stiff competition, too.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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