Southland Tales Reviews

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November 15, 2007
Kelly has unquestionably given us a bold and challenging work that is alive and kicking in every frame.
November 15, 2007
Southland Tales delivers equal parts overwrought tedium and mind-bending beauty, spiked with brilliant throwaway images that more than make up for Kelly's heavy-handed hot-button pretensions.
November 15, 2007
We're plunked down in the middle of an apocalyptic mess. This time the mess is not so much addressed as embodied by the film itself -- but damned if it doesn't roll around in your head a while.
November 15, 2007
Compared to the seemingly unsalvageable disaster Kelly screened at Cannes, this overcooked folly is a miraculous, Frankensteinian resurrection. Maybe this is grading on a curve, but I'd always rather have an excess of ambition than the opposite.
November 15, 2007
It's enough to make you hope that a full-blown musical is in Kelly's future.
November 15, 2007
There's enough happening here to fuel an entire TV series, with melodramatic excesses, wild mood swings and sitcom-style slapstick.
November 14, 2007
Southland Tales is one of the smartest, funniest, most audacious -- and most mournful -- films of the year.
November 14, 2007
Reminiscent of the fiction of Kurt Vonnegut, with its mix of sci-fi mythology, absurdist humor and political outrage.
November 14, 2007
Southland Tales contains stuff as uproariously out-there as anything in Kubrick's Dr. Strangelove and as unnervingly subversive as Frankenheimer's The Manchurian Candidate.
November 14, 2007
As the plot becomes more convoluted and the movie goes haywire, what saves it are its sardonic details.
November 14, 2007
Southland Tales is a funny, audacious, messy and feverishly inspired look at America and its discontents.
November 14, 2007
The very incoherence of Southland Tales is something like an argument, its many pieces and pronouncements a deconstructive challenge to world order.
November 14, 2007
it's a cautionary tale about the inevitable endgame of tasteless, artless, "alternative" culture.
November 13, 2007
A gonzo, unsettling, semi-coherent, barnstorming near-masterpiece that had me glued to my seat in anticipation of witnessing how far this multi-dimensional funhouse of madness could go.
November 13, 2007
There are so many ideas sliding into Kelly's swirling vortex of pop culture overload and apocalyptic forecasting that it's understandable not to find coherence in it.
November 13, 2007
In a world of mediocre, formulaic fare that is like everything else that has come before it, Southland Tales stands invigoratingly apart from the crowd. It's ballsy, fascinatingly different and thoroughly commendable.
November 13, 2007
Ultimately no more than an agglomeration of such high-caloric, giddy treats.
November 7, 2007
Southland Tales has a mood unlike anything I've seen: dread that morphs into kitsch and then back again. It's a film that tried my patience, and one I couldn't shake off.
November 6, 2007
In its willful, self-involved eccentricity, Southland Tales is really something else. Kelly's movie may not be entirely coherent, but that's because there's so much it wants to say.
September 24, 2007
Swings from dark comedy to political message film to science fiction, with occasional dips into noir, religion and even a musical number featuring Justin Timberlake.
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