Less Than Zero
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""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- side out and paints a portrait of drug addiction that is all the more harrowing because it takes place in the Beverly Hills fast lane, in a world of wealth, sex, glamor and helpless self-destruction,"" Roger Ebert
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 54%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"The only saving grace of this exercise in futility is the suitably louche performance by Spader as drug-dealer Rip."
‑ , Film4
"The anti-teen film that really kicks ass"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"Bret Easton Ellis's novel is fairly faithfully into a portrait of strung out teenage yuppies in LA during the late 80s."
‑ Shannon J. Harvey, Sunday Times (Australia)
"It may not be the most realistic portrayal of drug addiction ever produced, but it's certainly worth seeing - if for nothing else than Downey's superlative performance."
‑ Scott Weinberg, Apollo Guide
"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."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Jami Gertz was, is, and ever shall be one of the most egregious actresses in the history of film."
‑ Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
"Meant to be a statement against the amoral lifestyle of super-rich youth, it misses the mark by a mile."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"A startling tale of alienation and self-destruction. Put Downey on the map, at least for a while."
‑ Widgett Walls, Needcoffee.com
"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."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"a bit of a mess"
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"Has style to spare, but none of the novel's shock value"
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"The quality of dislocation in Marek Kanievska's Less Than Zero is startling and sinister."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
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