Sordid Lives
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Writer-director Del Shores serves up a heaping helping of Southern-fried comic melodrama in this adaptation of his own play about infidelity, country & western music, and Airstream trailers. When their sister dies, Latrelle (Bonnie Bedelia), LaVonda (Ann Walker), and Sissy (Beth Grant) plan her funeral -- an unenviable task, considering that they must carefully hide the deceased's affair with amputee G.W. (Beau Bridges) from his wife, the vindictive Noleta (Delta Burke). Meanwhile, the trio has to come to terms with two cases of sexual orientation: Latrelle's openly gay soap-opera star… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 37%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A train wreck you can't help but watch."
‑ Robert K. Elder, Chicago Tribune
"If the film's flaws are large, so are its laughs."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"Runs the risk of alienating its audience by going a little too far over the top and, in its efforts to be different, delivers instead, more of the same."
‑ Janet Branagan, Apollo Guide
"If only the lives in Sordid Lives were sordid. Instead, the movie might better be titled Loud Lives."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"The corn of Sordid Lives comes heavily salted -- nudity, bold talk, gay coming-out, transvestism -- but it's the crunch of the corn that will either win you or send you desperately to the lobby for the real thing."
‑ David Elliott, San Diego Union-Tribune
"While the film at times feels like a clumsily acted play, a surprising turn by Delta Burke carries the cast out of the doldrums of an often-strained plot line."
‑ Erin Meister, Boston Globe
"There's a genuine sweetness and familial affection that shines through Sordid Lives, and enough oddball humor to keep it mooo-ving along."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"Texans are idiots, but they have hearts as big as the great outdoors--I get it already."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"Check this out if you're in the mood to laugh at humanity's looniness."
‑ Jean Lowerison, San Diego Metropolitan
"Long-winded comedy."
‑ Kim Linekin, eye WEEKLY
"A movie that, while robustly performed ... has the strange effect of not so much opening up a play for the screen as closing it in."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
"The laughs come in all the wrong places when they come at all."
‑ Wesley Morris, San Francisco Chronicle
"Its stereotypes are insulting, its jokes are unfunny, and its emotions are labored. Sordid Lives is a sordid movie."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"Things always feel about a half step from spinning wildly out of control, but Sordid Lives remains a guilty pleasure that you enjoy and keep to yourself ."
‑ Jeffrey Bruner, Des Moines Register
"Big, trashy fun."
‑ Liz Braun, Jam! Movies
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