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Reviews: Spring Breakers (2013)

spring_breakersReviews for this film from our members:

  • Marco Albanese @ Stanze di Cinema [Italian]
    • Excerpt: Il ritorno di Harmory Korine, enfant prodige del cinema indie americano degli anni ’90 non poteva essere più dirompente e sensazionale.
  • Dragan Antulov @ Draxblog VI [Croatian]
  • Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire
    • Excerpt: It is a textbook mixed bag, in which every pro has a con, every clever device has a counterbalancing shopworn cliche, and every carefully dodged trope is offset by a moment of utter obviousness. It’s a good time that you feel bad about (not even after, but during), and while you can certainly imagine that writer/director Harmony Korine was going for that kind of queasiness, it doesn’t make it any easier to swallow, or stomach.
  • Chris Barsanti @ Popmatters
  • Matthew Blevins @
  • Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy
    • Excerpt: Irredeemably toxic.
  • Joshua Brunsting @ The CriterionCast
  • [New – 1/2/14] | Bill Clark @ From The Balcony
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Korine’s gotten perfectly natural performances from Disney girls in very unfamiliar surroundings, but the film’s greatest acting asset is James Franco, going for broke in his own “Killer Joe” role.
  • Edwin Davies @ A Mighty Fine Blog
    • Excerpt: Half hallucinatory examination of errant youth, half rote crime drama, it’s buoyed by an intoxicated energy and a captivating performance from James Franco.
  • Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder
    • Excerpt: Some critics have taken these early scenes as an attempt by Korine at some ‘stinging’ moralistic commentary. But up until now, Korine has proven to be more of a cinematic vandal, the kind of prankster one would expect to scrawl on a piece of celluloid with the metaphorical equivalent of a graffiti tag rather than flesh out a fully realized thought about our culture. And there’s nothing wrong with that.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: Spring Breakers is satire akin to deconstructing a cardboard box with a chainsaw.
  • Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk
    • Excerpt: But I’m going to call this movie what it really is: just another way to see young womens’s boobs and behinds splattered across the screen in a gratuitous nature that offers nothing to the story (or lack thereof).
  • Dustin Freeley @ Movies About
    • Excerpt: The 19-year old cynical immaturity that infested Kids is on showcase in the 40-year old’s Spring Breakers.
  • Susan Granger @
    • Excerpt: Voyeuristic, visually exploitive, hypersexualized cinematic commentary about the superficial emptiness of our youth-driven pop culture.
  • Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: Spring Breakers shakes you up, lingers in your mind, and might even outrage many who miss the point. Love it or hate it, one will probably never forget it. 
  • Danny King @ The King Bulletin
    • Excerpt: The appeal of ‘Spring Breakers,’ though, isn’t merely in the increase in scale it represents for Korine, but in the increase in aesthetic value as well.
  • Oktay Ege Kozak @ Oregon Herald
  • Benjamin Kramer @ The Voracious Filmgoer
  • Carson Lund @ Are the Hills Going to March Off?
    • Excerpt: (Harmony) Korine assimilates this familiar style and subject matter to get on the same wavelength as the pop culture he’s representing, only to then infiltrate the underlying misogyny, racism, and soullessness of such imagery.
  • piers marchant @ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
  • Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat
    • Excerpt: A scathing indictment of a generation led to believe that being a bad-ass and having a screw-it attitude is admirable.
  • Brent McKnight @ Beyond Hollywood
    • Excerpt: Uneven as “Spring Breakers” is, the whole movie is worth it for the scene of James Franco, in full ghetto-fabulous splendor, sitting at an outdoor piano, playing a Brittney Spears ballad as the sun sets over Florida.
  • Ryan McNeil @ The Matinee
    • Excerpt: The film is not looking to provide commentary beyond the point that spring break is a petty and silly – and it chooses to comment with a high degree of self-awareness.
  • Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix
  • Jason Pirodsky @
    • Excerpt: Spring Breakers is a beautifully vicious piece of work might be the director’s most accomplished work to date.
  • Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk
    • Excerpt: Harmony Korine’s arthouse exploitation picture Spring Breakers is as complicated as it is perplexing, inspiring a complex reaction that is a combination of voyeuristic scandal and general queasiness. This chronicle of four girls on a runaway week in Florida has the empty calories of bubblegum, the allure of neon, and the rhythm of trance music.
  • Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema
    • Excerpt: The pieces are in place, but the story lacks purpose.
  • Tom Santilli @
    • Excerpt: Spring Breakers is ultimately all show. It’s a pointless, shallow movie wrapped in the hard-core dressings of a serious R-rated sex-crime fantasy. Spring Break has never felt so lame and dispirited.
  • Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies
    • Excerpt: For all its faults, the movie works because Harmony Korine finally embraces the fact that he is at heart an exploitation movie director working with an arthouse movie toolkit, not the other way around.
  • Andrew Wyatt @ Gateway Cinephiles
    • Excerpt: The clash between Spring Breakers’ exploitative content and arty style is so glaring that the whole film just ends up feeling miscalculated and broken.
Updated: July 18, 2015 — 2:04 pm

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