Gummo
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In this elliptical ensemble piece, which marks the directorial debut of indie bad boy Harmony Korine, the teens of tornado-scarred Xenia, OH, kill cats, tape their boobies, arm-wrestle, bathe, cross-dress, huff glue, avoid perverts, pay to have sex with retarded girls, lift makeshift dumbbells to the strains of Madonna's "Like a Prayer," fight, cuss, shave their eyebrows, undergo cancer treatment, euthanize senior citizens, and pee on passing cars. A hallucinatory barrage of images and scenarios with little in the way of traditional plot, Gummo has been variously described as a… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 33%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Enfant terrible Harmony Korine makes a bizarre, idiosyncratic directing debut with his uncompromising look at youth alientaion in Middle-America, whose downbeat tone and off-putting imagery should appeal to small minority of viewers."
‑ Emanuel Levy, Variety
"In real life, this town was devastated by a tornado 20 years ago. According to Korine's version of things, it never recovered."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"A glue-sniffer's reverie and an aestheticized episode of Beavis & Butthead, explicitly and bracingly set up as an act of cinematic vandalism"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"It's bleak, brutal and redeemed only by Reynolds's outstanding performance."
‑ , Film4
"Like watching life on the surface of an alien planet"
‑ Luke Y. Thompson, LYTRules.com
"C'mon, Harmony. Mano a boyo. What are you really trying to prove here?"
‑ Paul Tatara, CNN.com
"No conceivable competition [this year] will match the sourness, cynicism and pretension of Korine's debut feature."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"Gummo aims to be provocatively anti-everything: anti-Christian, anti-feline, non-narrative, unpolished, visually dyslexic, and imaginatively off-putting."
‑ Rob Nelson, City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
"Directors have been hailed as visionaries for less."
‑ Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
"Less shocking than utterly boring."
‑ Dragan Antulov, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"Problematic, troubling, dangerous even, but breathtakingly original, and absolutely true to the times. The cutting edge doesn't get any sharper than this."
‑ , Time Out
"Korine's objective is so narrow and mean, and his viewpoint so colored by smug, adolescent condescension, that Gummo comes off like a mean-spirited prank."
‑ Edward Guthmann, San Francisco Chronicle
"Harsh, funny, repellent and occasionally quite moving."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Korine is the Jerry Springer of this world. He doesn't judge his subjects, he can still identify with them."
‑ Ron Wells, Film Threat
"Enter Harmony Korine's directorial debut: new trends in discouraging filmmaking."
‑ Greg Muskewitz, eFilmCritic.com
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