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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.
November 14, 2007
Southland Tales is a monumentally bad film, a landmark in 21st century cinematic awfulness. There's no real meaning to be found here; it's all signifiers for half baked ideas that Richard Kelly never managed to turn into anything worthwhile.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/10
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 16, 2007
A Schwarzeneggerian actor, related to a political dynasty, has been kidnapped, replaced with a double, and -- I give up. A plot synopsis would require that the movie have a plot.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
November 19, 2007
One of the most confusing, ridiculous, pretentious and disastrous cinematic train wrecks I've ever seen.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
November 16, 2007
Southland is ridiculous in much the same way the Austin Powers movies are, but it's played straight.
| Original Score: 1/4
Nick Schager
November 16, 2007
There's barely a trace of substance to Kelly's fiasco, nor anything like a so-bad-it's-good vibe.
Eric D. Snider
November 14, 2007
Somewhere beneath all the layers of idiocy are some good ideas -- if only Kelly knew how to express them.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Marc Fennell
ABC News (Australia)
August 31, 2008
I'll give it this: Southland Tales is never boring.
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.
Cole Smithey
November 14, 2007
...the lowest movie of the last nine years. There's political satire ostensibly buried somewhere in Kelly's muddy cinematic slop, but you'll never be able to stain it out. Blech!
Full Review | Original Score: F
Geoff Berkshire
November 14, 2007
Kelly might yet develop into an important filmmaker, but this undisciplined effort demonstrates the downside of a creative mind with no filter.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Joshua Tyler
November 11, 2007
Imagine world populated entirely by Donnie Darkos. That's Southland Tales, and it takes only a few minutes for it to become completely unhinged.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media
November 15, 2007
Apocalyptic thriller is too apoplectic for most.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
November 15, 2007
Writer/director Richard Kelly misses the mark with this bubbling stew of images and ideas that never quite congeals into a viable film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
November 16, 2007
You can't be both political and incoherent.
Adam Fendelman
November 17, 2007
Unlike the world, Southland Tales starts with a bang but ends with a whimper. Richard Kelly's opus of a film is little more than sensory overload meant to look like a political statement on the state of privacy, the war, news and celebrities.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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...
Beverly Berning
November 28, 2007
Southland Tales really is a guy movie, right down to all the sci-fi, comic book and porn references...
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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