Southland Tales
Southland Tales (2007)

The city stands on the brink of social, economic and environmental disaster. "Southland Tales" is an epic story set over the course of three days that culminate in a massive 4th of July celebration. Boxer Santaros is an action… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: March 18, 2008
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36%
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41%



Critic Score: 36% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Southland Tales, while offering an intriguing vision of the future, remains frustratingly incoherent and unpolished.

Jonathan Crocker
Time Out

By the climax, his truly ambitious, truly flawed film finally disappears into the 'time-space rift' (or whatever) to achieve some sort of cosmic transcendence.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

Immature, crude, poorly made and a waste of time.

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Mark Asch
Stop Smiling

As in Kelly's previous film, Southland's flaws, and its scope, are magnificently earnest; the guy is in way over his head, but his flailing is extravagant.

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

One of the most confusing, ridiculous, pretentious and disastrous cinematic train wrecks I've ever seen.

Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press

No amount of reworking could salvage what was a misbegotten and unfunny idea to begin with.

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Mark Olsen
Film Comment Magazine

As the follow-up to his debut feature, the unexpectedly enduring teen-movie/sci-fi hybrid Donnie Darko, writer-director Richard Kelly has crafted an even more ambitious and far-reaching story

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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News

By the time the movie rolls into its third hour, it's exhausted most of its comic energy, leaving you disoriented and unable to remember much of what you just saw.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

You can't be both political and incoherent.

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Simon Miraudo
Quickflix

Writer-director Richard Kelly throws a lot at the wall. The problem, if that's what we should call it, is that everything sticks. That's bad news for those who like some narrative clarity, and great news for those who enjoy bonkers wall art.

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Flixster Audience Score: 41% Flixster User Reviews
John Manard
This movie tried to say so much and i think in the end it brought the whole movie to a crashing halt. Good idea by a young director with a good future.
Chris Weber
Ya gotta give credit to Richard Kelly. The man definitely has some interesting, unique, and different ideas, and he's definitely got an unmatched sense of… More
Jens S.
A film that leaves you in awe. In awe of the amount of wasted talent combined in this pretentious, confusing and unfunny dystopian tale. Director Kelly… More
Ken Stachnik
Total Nonsense
Dean !
A strange film set in the future with a confusing plot with deals with alternative energy, politics, world war 3 and the 4th dimension!! A bit long it has some… More
Steven Carrier
Sure, the film "Southland Tales" is flawed and can be incoherent without having read the prequel graphic novels, but with the film (and the graphic… More