Southland Tales Reviews

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June 3, 2020
Southland Tales is dizzyingly maximalist, never happy with one set-piece if it can introduce five. It is unhinged, and occasionally exhilarating, and quite often funny.
May 1, 2020
It is thanks to them (the writers) that the film maintains interest and can be continued despite its dense structure. [Full Review in Spanish]
November 15, 2019
Fasten your seat belts and put up your tray tables. You're in for the ride to end all rides.
August 17, 2017
Southland Tales won't fill everyone's tank with Fluid Karma, but its edgy, slightly demented flavor is entertaining.
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
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.
November 8, 2009
The brilliance of Southland Tales is inextricable from its flaws, if indeed they are flaws.
August 25, 2009
Has the galvanic pulse of a filmmaker trying things out, failing, and trying again
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.
July 31, 2008
Although it's by any reasonable means a flawed film, Southland Tales demands watching, if only for its cinematic achievements.
April 26, 2008
A subversive and annihilistic satire on America, lurching from black comedy to farce, from dramatic insight to superficial jokes
March 15, 2008
Southland Tales' brilliance lies in its effortless melding of so many different themes into a cohesive concoction ... a damn good movie that gets it totally right.
December 7, 2007
Whether this is a demented B-movie or a comment on demented B-movies is hard to say. It is horribly fascinating, if not for the full 150 minutes.
December 7, 2007
There's too much sizzle and not enough steak.
December 7, 2007
A bold and sometimes garbled take on modern American politics, this nevertheless marks an effective and surprisingly funny comeback for a film that many deemed to be DOA.
December 6, 2007
No doubt some will dismiss it as an overlong, incoherent mess, but others (myself included) will emerge, bleary-eyed and brain-battered, just wanting to see the whole thing all over again.
November 19, 2007
Richard Kelly's wildly ambitious and widely loathed Southland Tales now seems among the most believable works of film futurism ever made in this country.
November 16, 2007
Even if the world Kelly's concocted always seems screamingly incoherent, you have to hand it to him. He's made a movie of our messy times that's too ambitious to settle for merely capturing the mess. It actually is the mess.
November 16, 2007
Kelly might be biting of more than he can chew, and he certainly doesn't know how to conceptualize the full smorgasbord of imaginings floating deep inside his brain, but he does make a gorgeously invigorating mess that is for sure.
November 15, 2007
Southland Tales resembles nothing less than a vintage Godard, with a brainstorm full of ideas roiling and lurching and looking for purchase.
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