The Doom Generation
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Billed as "a heterosexual movie by Gregg Araki," The Doom Generation is the director's self-styled bad-taste teen film. Amy Blue (Rose McGowan) is an obnoxious teenage speed freak and her boyfriend Jordan White (James Duval) is a passive, slow-witted poseur who won't have sex with her because he's terrified of AIDS (even though they both claim to be virgins). One day, they run across Xavier Red (Johnathon Schaech), a charming but enigmatic drifter who has a bad habit of killing people. Joining the young couple on a seemingly endless road trip, Xavier (or "X,"as… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 47%

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"Striking to look at, though often offensively opportunistic, this mainly comes across as a throwaway shocker with energy to spare. There's not much thought in evidence though."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Imagine Natural Born Killers with a sense of humour."
‑ , Time Out
"For the terminally hip and/or terminally adolescent."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Potentially clever, but ultimately the raw violence isn't creative and therefore is offensive."
‑ Fred Topel,
"A note to Gregg: grow up. Really. Move out of your parent's basement, read something other than Salinger, and get a day job."
‑ Ted Prigge,
"A nihilistic comedy about a trio of alienated youngsters, pic is bold not only in its art design, but also in its narrative and tone, a mixture of satire and horror with heavy dosage of steamy sex and macabre violence."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Sledgehammer direction, heavy irony and the easiest imaginable targets hardly show talent off to good advantage."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"Self-consciously strives for transgressive nihilism without ever recognizing the sheer absurdity of its every component."
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
"I'd step on a thumbtack before watching it again."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"It's young, it's hip, it's excruciating for anyone who has already survived adolescence."
‑ Liz Braun, Jam! Movies
"Inspired by Godard's classic Band Apart, Araki's fifth feature is his most audacious and most technically accomplished film to date, reflecting the larger than usual budget and gained experience."
‑ Emanuel Levy, Variety
"It's a savagely funny ride fueled by Araki's insight and blunt compassion."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"A cult classic.....steamy hot, wicked funny"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"Hands-down one of the most horrid examples of filmmaking I've seen in ages."
‑ Christopher Null,
"After seeing all the mayhem and watching how retarded and alienated the teens acted, the film felt as healthy as a combined diet of junk food and crystal meth (speed)."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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