Southland Tales
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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 star stricken with amnesia. Krysta Now is an adult film star developing her own reality television project, and Roland Taverner is a Hermosa Beach police officer who holds the key to a vast conspiracy.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 36%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Jonathan Crocker, Time Out
"Immature, crude, poorly made and a waste of time."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"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."
‑ Mark Asch, Stop Smiling
"Unusual and extremely ambitious with an alternate reality that is entirely absorbing; Southland Tales is Richard Kelly's magnum opus that only a small few are able to recognize. Thankfully, those small few are pimps. And pimps don't commit suicide."
‑ Chris Sawin,
"The brilliance of Southland Tales is inextricable from its flaws, if indeed they are flaws."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"One of the most confusing, ridiculous, pretentious and disastrous cinematic train wrecks I've ever seen."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"No amount of reworking could salvage what was a misbegotten and unfunny idea to begin with."
‑ Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press
"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"
‑ Mark Olsen, Film Comment Magazine
"Not much improvement over the vfirst, severely flawed version."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Has the galvanic pulse of a filmmaker trying things out, failing, and trying again"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"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."
‑ Bruce Newman, San Jose Mercury News
"You can't be both political and incoherent."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"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."
‑ Simon Miraudo, Quickflix
"Dude, I have no idea."
‑ Dave White,
"It's the sort of experience you feel embarrassed about even though you had nothing to do with it, because it's not just a mess, it's a pretentious mess"
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
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