Southland Tales Reviews

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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.
July 23, 2011
Not much improvement over the vfirst, severely flawed version.
April 4, 2011
Dude, I have no idea.
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
December 27, 2008
The type of incoherent, indulgent muddle that can only emerge from the mind of someone who is quite talented.
August 31, 2008
I'll give it this: Southland Tales is never boring.
August 17, 2008
entirely misdirected, and the film never gels or even makes sense
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...
March 21, 2008
When it's not being obstinately stupid, Southland Tales is just difficult to watch.
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.
January 10, 2008
I hope Kelly's career survives Southland Tales, unless, that is, he plans to make more movies like this.
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.
December 7, 2007
Frustrating and finally rather pointless.
December 7, 2007
The film has a dated feel - it has more in common with 1960s-style wacky satire than the cutting edge of 21st-century cinema.
December 7, 2007
A hypnotic disaster that's truly fascinating - if only for all the wrong reasons.
December 7, 2007
Southland Tales finally emerges as an admirably bold dud. Trying to sum up EVERYTHING that's wrong in the world in one kaleidoscopic go, it's messy, misshapen and curiously muffled. Seems the world does end with a whimper after all.
December 7, 2007
By the climax, his truly ambitious, truly flawed film finally disappears into the 'time-space rift' (or whatever) to achieve some sort of cosmic transcendence.
December 2, 2007
If Mulholland Drive had a prettier, younger, and developmentally-challenged sister, it would be Southland Tales.
November 28, 2007
Southland Tales really is a guy movie, right down to all the sci-fi, comic book and porn references...
November 19, 2007
It's as though Kelly has taken all his obsessions and interests and tried to jam them into one narrative, no matter how admirably diverse and incompatible they are.
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