Less Than Zero
Less Than Zero (1987)

""George Carlin was once asked how cocaine made you feel, and he answered: "It makes you feel like having some more cocaine." That inescap- able fact is at the bottom of Less than Zero, a movie that knows cocaine in-… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: March 5, 2002
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Rotten Tomatoes™
Critic Score
54%
Flixster
User Score
63%


Critic Score: 54% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A couple of standout performances -- notably Robert Downey, Jr. and James Spader -- and a killer soundtrack can't quite elevate a somewhat superficial adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis' story of drugged-out LA rich kids.

Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Ed Lachman's cinematography is letter perfect as always in its handling of light and color (assisted here by Barbara Ling's flashy production design), but it's a pity to see it wasted on such claptrap.

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Film4

The only saving grace of this exercise in futility is the suitably louche performance by Spader as drug-dealer Rip.

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Clint Morris
Moviehole

The anti-teen film that really kicks ass

Variety Staff
Variety

Perhaps this wasn't the best subject matter for British director Marek Kanievska (Another Country) to make his American debut. The feel for this distinctly Southern California story escapes him.

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Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com

Jami Gertz was, is, and ever shall be one of the most egregious actresses in the history of film.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Meant to be a statement against the amoral lifestyle of super-rich youth, it misses the mark by a mile.

TV Guide's Movie Guide

Loosely based on the novel by Bret Easton Ellis, Less Than Zero refuses to take the risks necessary to capture the keen social observation of the book.

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Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

a bit of a mess

James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette

Has style to spare, but none of the novel's shock value

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Flixster Audience Score: 63% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
At first the unlikable characters keep us from relating to the story, but Kanievska manages the feat of making them all sympathetic later, in a powerful,… More
jay nixon
robert downey jr is great and james spader is suitably slimy but they are surrounded by a picture that is utter junk
Thomas Johnston
This movie helped de-glamorize the life I felt I was missing out on. The sad story of friends as life moves on. Great soundtrack! The movie is not near as… More
Michael Gildea
Bret Easton Ellis should've sued. This movie is horrible.
AJ Verser
A beautifully gritty young adult drama about life after high school. The cast is awesome, and so is the story. I love this movie.
Mike T.
Robert Downey, Jr. is exceptional and Andrew McCarthy is fantastic as well in this somewhat formulaic but altogether effective melodrama. Jami Gertz brings the… More

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