83

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Slums of Beverly Hills has the kind of big heart, strong voice, vivid look, and original sense of humor many young artists -- particularly young female artists -- don't find until they're riper, and some never find at all.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

Writing and directing her first feature, Jenkins mines her life for nug gets everyone can relate to.
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75

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
Slums of Beverly Hills is less a hard-edged exposé than a mood-shifting satire, though approaching its subject with a wryly ironic touch.
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75

San Francisco Examiner

Her first feature, a semi-autobiographical coming-of-age comedy, is a nicely directed, well-written debut.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The film, written and directed by Tamara Jenkins, is pitched pretty firmly at that level of ambition: Broadly drawn characters, quick one-liners, squabbling family members, lots of sex.
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75

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
Many times, films that combine comedy and drama do so in an uncomfortable and unwieldy manner. In Slums of Beverly Hills, the approach is natural and satisfying.
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75

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Jenkins shows an innate gift for lacing laughs with the pain of experience -- Slums is based on her own life.
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67

Austin Chronicle

By Marjorie Baumgarten
A very funny and well-acted comedy about the slings and arrows of outrageous adolescence.
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60

TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
The film flawlessly captures the directionless alienation of youngsters whose families are in no shape to guide them through the turbulence of their teenage years.
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50

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Ray Conlogue
There's an alchemy that can transform personal experience into a great film, but it was nowhere nearby when Tamara Jenkins wrote and directed this lacklustre first feature.
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69 out of 100
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