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Switchblade Sisters (1999)

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29

Average Rating: 4.4/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 5

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73

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Average Rating: 3.5/5
User Ratings: 3,404

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Movie Info

Exploitation auteur Jack Hill wrote and directed this wild, often satiric girl-gang movie, whose story is loosely (make that very, very loosely) based on Othello. The Silver Daggers are a gang of young hoods who control an inner-city high school, where they sell drugs and sex to the student body and fight anyone who gets in their way. The Daggers have a ladies' auxiliary, The Dagger Debs, who rumble just as hard as the men, but one day chief Dagger Deb Lace (Robbie Lee) meets her match in Maggie

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Drama, Action & Adventure

F. X. Maier, Jack Hill, John Prizer

Jul 3, 2001

Rolling Thunder Pictures

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All Critics (25) | Top Critics (10) | Fresh (10) | Rotten (9) | DVD (7)

The acting is so bad that apparently none of the performers ever got another job in the movies, and the costumes in Ben Hur seem less dated that those on display here.

September 25, 2002
Washington Post
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A terrific example of efficient, resourceful filmmaking, and its depiction of urban ills is, if anything, all too prophetic.

February 14, 2001 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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To watch Switchblade Sisters is to visit a never-never land of shopworn media images colliding in a tabloid high school of the mind.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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Sublime, exploitative camp.

January 1, 2000
Washington Post
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Just good enough to make it understandable why someone else might really like it. And it's just bad enough to make you wonder about such a person.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Badly acted, written and directed.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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The gung-ho corniness, colorful characters, and unflinching bad-ass attitude are just so damn entertaining, and Hill is never apologetic...

July 10, 2007 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

This movie never pretends to be more than what it is, which is pure exploitation.

June 5, 2002 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

This is a film with all the itchily sweet passion of a Shangri-Las anthem, cranked up to full volume.

March 5, 2002
Sight and Sound

A nifty little movie, full of all the lurid teases, off-the-cuff production values, and trenchant topicality that make exploitation movies the fascinating cultural time capsules and filmmaking treasures that they are.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Definitely a product of its time.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
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Like most things that fall over into the ever expanding trap of 70s revivalism, it's kitsch and it's fun but in a rather restricted way.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

So hilarious, so trashy, and so utterly enjoyable that it truly must be seen to be believed.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

Switchblade, like most of its genre cousins, tries to live up to the impact of its generative poster, and it comes very close to delivering what the artwork promises.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: San Francisco Examiner
San Francisco Examiner

Audience Reviews for Switchblade Sisters

A fantastic girl gang action drama movie, I really liked it. The actors are good, the story is realistic and very good. It's full of action and violence. It's a lot of fun, and I highly recommend it.
April 14, 2011
ajv2688

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such a great movie from the 70's about wayward girls running around being hoodlums! classic one-liners all over the place.
July 6, 2010
theylovealexis

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So much fun I actually giggled
June 14, 2007
kenstachnik

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Summary:
Your typical 70s exploitation film about an all-girl gang who goes to war with not only a rival gang, but themselves as well.

The Good:
The fight scenes are decent, and all the girls are very beautiful. Acting is decent with the exception of a few.

The Bad:
As you can expect from a 70s exploitation flick, the story is boring and most of the characters are forgettable. Robbie Lee, I can't say she is a bad actor, but she has a very different kind of acting style that you either love or hate.

Acting: 6/10
Story: 5/10
Originality: 5/10
Soundtrack: 6/10
Characters: 8/10
Overall: 6.5/10

Sexiness:
(The following is my Review for the fappers 18+):
There was no nudity except for a quick boob shot, but all the girls are very beautiful, especially the two main girls, Lace (Robbie Lee) and Maggie (Joanne Nail). I thought Lace was super pretty, especially her face and eyes. Maggie is your classic blonde girl from the 70s. There are some nice cat-fight scenes and a semi-rape scene with good moaning but not much skin.

Fap Rating: 7/10
November 8, 2011
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