75

TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
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.
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67

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
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.
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63

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
To be clear: The odds are in favor of you hating it. I hated a lot of it when I saw a barely dry work-in-progress print, 163 minutes long, at the Cannes Film Festival. It’s 19 minutes shorter and better now, though “better” is relative when you’re dealing with a whatzahoozy such as this.
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63

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
Richard Kelly's Southland Tales isn't just a movie. It's an apocalyptic piñata that's been bazooka-ed open.
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50

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Dizzyingly incoherent and subversively surreal, this sophomore effort from the man who made the great, strange "Donnie Darko" is certain to have its fans. I'm not going to be one of them.
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50

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
An ambitious hodgepodge that is all bang and bluster.
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38

Premiere

By Glenn Kenny
There's a lot of "stuff" here, and Kelly's biggest problem -- he's got more than a few -- is that he can't tell his good material from his bad.
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38

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Southland Tales does have enough energy and audacity to suggest significant potential. But was it ready for public consumption? The answer is no. It's as simple as that.
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30

The Hollywood Reporter

By Ray Bennett
The English term "shambolic" best describes a slow-paced, bloated and self-indulgent picture that combines science fiction, sophomoric humor and grisly violence soaked in a music-video sensibility.
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25

San Francisco Chronicle

By Ruthe Stein
A mess, and that's really a shame.
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44 out of 100
Mixed or average reviews
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