91

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Harmony Korine's first ''mainstream'' movie, Spring Breakers, is by far the best thing he's ever done.
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88

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Korine wants to give us a portrait of our nation’s children — the girls, especially — as beautifully depraved sharks, pleasure-seeking killers oblivious to the comedy and horror of their existence. And damned if he doesn’t pull it off, or come close enough.
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Richard Roeper
A candy-colored fever dream is the most unforgettable movie of the year so far.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Hartlaub
The female actors, particularly Hudgens and Ashley Benson, are game for the ride. And Franco is indispensable, bringing humor and pathos to one of the more repulsive cinematic creations in recent memory.
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63

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
As Alien, a gun-crazy Florida drug dealer with tats, beaded cornrows and a grill any rapper would envy, Franco is a bug-f--k blast. Too bad the movie itself is rarely as outrageous as he is.
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60

NPR

Although parts of Spring Breakers are very funny, there's also something tsk-tsking and superior about it, as if Korine had thought a lot about young middle America's idea of midsemester fun and decided he doesn't like it one tiny bit.
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60

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
So often not in his element — his turn in “Oz the Great and Powerful” is evidence of that — Franco is in freako mode here, and walks a line between spaced-out caricature and just plain Out There.
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50

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Am I crazy, or are Spring Breakers and "Oz the Great and Powerful" essentially the same movie? James Franco stars in both - a tattooed, gun-totin' gangsta in one, a charlatan magician in the other (you figure out which is which), and, in both, he's encircled by a bevy of Hollywood babes determined either to get witchy on him, or get that other witchy-rhyming word on him.
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50

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
With director Harmony Korine's visual overload and somnolent voice-overs — the same sentences are repeated ad nauseum — it manages to be both mind-numbingly dull and off-putting.
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40

The Hollywood Reporter

By David Rooney
It has hypnotic visual style and a dense, driving soundscape. But it’s also too monotonous and thematically empty to be seriously provocative.
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63 out of 100
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