Switchblade Sisters
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Exploitation auteur Jack Hill wrote and directed this wild, often satiric girl-gang movie, whose story is loosely (make that very, very loosely) based on Othello. The Silver Daggers are a gang of young hoods who control an inner-city high school, where they sell drugs and sex to the student body and fight anyone who gets in their way. The Daggers have a ladies' auxiliary, The Dagger Debs, who rumble just as hard as the men, but one day chief Dagger Deb Lace (Robbie Lee) meets her match in Maggie (Joanne Nail), a new kid who won't back down. When a scuffle lands Maggie and the Debs in… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 53%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The acting is so bad that apparently none of the performers ever got another job in the movies, and the costumes in Ben Hur seem less dated that those on display here."
‑ Richard Harrington, Washington Post
"Sublime, exploitative camp."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"The gung-ho corniness, colorful characters, and unflinching bad-ass attitude are just so damn entertaining, and Hill is never apologetic..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"A nifty little movie, full of all the lurid teases, off-the-cuff production values, and trenchant topicality that make exploitation movies the fascinating cultural time capsules and filmmaking treasures that they are."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"So hilarious, so trashy, and so utterly enjoyable that it truly must be seen to be believed."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"A terrific example of efficient, resourceful filmmaking, and its depiction of urban ills is, if anything, all too prophetic."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"Just good enough to make it understandable why someone else might really like it. And it's just bad enough to make you wonder about such a person."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"This movie never pretends to be more than what it is, which is pure exploitation."
‑ Kat Giantis, Boxoffice Magazine
"Definitely a product of its time."
‑ David N. Butterworth, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"Switchblade, like most of its genre cousins, tries to live up to the impact of its generative poster, and it comes very close to delivering what the artwork promises."
‑ Bob Stephens, San Francisco Examiner
"To watch Switchblade Sisters is to visit a never-never land of shopworn media images colliding in a tabloid high school of the mind."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"Badly acted, written and directed."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"This is a film with all the itchily sweet passion of a Shangri-Las anthem, cranked up to full volume."
‑ Charlotte O'Sullivan, Sight and Sound
"Like most things that fall over into the ever expanding trap of 70s revivalism, it's kitsch and it's fun but in a rather restricted way."
‑ Bob McCabe, Empire Magazine
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