Southland Tales Synopsis
Chaos reigns in the years following a nuclear attack on Texas.
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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...
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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...
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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,...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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25

San Francisco Chronicle

By Ruthe Stein
A mess, and that's really a shame.
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This looks amazing.

By PoisonKeyblade
Like seriously, one of the best movies of the year. I read the graphic novels and they were just incredible. I want to see this SO bad. Anyone who is a fan of Donnie Darko MUST GO!! Plus, with Justin...

Different

By Mgogue
This movie is kind of freaky and it starts slowish but once u really get into it --it's pretty cool - definitely different in a way that pulp fiction was different - u know not run of the average. ...

wtf?

By meccassault
Well, the movie is well made, but if you have a hard time following confusing films, this is not for you...Although I understood what was going on overall, a few ppl that saw it with me were becoming...

Great movie

By JoDoR
Don't listen to the haters - this is the most fun you'll have in the cinema this year....

Great mindbleep!

By supercali
Yes I loved it. Well... it will have to process and I will need to see it again, but from action pimps & popstar porn to bloody abilene... hell yea....

visually stunning

By Jonathan in Brooklyn
it took my breath away....

You need to come see this movie with the right frame of mind....

By dolemite31
As a huge Donnie Darko fan, I did my best to try and realize that this was NOT going to be Donnie Darko 2. If you're reading this, I'm sure you're a Richard Kelly/Darko fan, so just go see the movie....

AGHHHHHH

By catboot
I had somewhat high expectations as a follow up to Donnie Darko - something off beat, different, interesting. Southland Tales was none of the above. The film was way too long, and it seemed that...

TERRIBLE

By seanmichael425
I've never before submitted a review. However, this movie was so, so awful that I really felt I needed to forewarn others. The trailer is VERY, VERY misleading. The movie is long, boring, and just...

what?

By jables924
I'm all for experimenting in film. I'm all for unconventional story telling. I actually liked Donnie Darko and I went to see Southland Tales because I couldn't decide if Kelly was refreshing or a...

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Rated R | For language, violence, sexual material and some drug content
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Common Sense Media says Iffy for 17+ Apocalyptic thriller is a strange, violent mess.
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