Beyond the Valley of the Dolls
Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (1970)

Roundly panned upon its first release, Russ Meyer's X-rated Beyond the Valley of the Dolls has gained a huge cult following over the years for its unique mix of pop music, high camp, and exploitation. Dolly Read, Cynthia Myers and… More

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Rated: NC-17
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Release Date: June 17, 1970
DVD Release Date: June 13, 2006
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Critic Score: 68% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

This trashy, gaudy, sound-stage vulgarity about low life among the high life is as funny as a burning orphanage.

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Michael Musto
Village Voice

A psychedelic wow that serves up the free love, plunging necklines, androgynous boys, and lusty lezzies of the era with a narcotized abandon.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

The very definition of self-conscious camp, certainly not Art but much too intelligent for Trash.

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Time Out

With his first movie for a major studio, Meyer simply did what he'd been doing for years, only bigger and better.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Although it would not be appropriate for me to review it or give it a star rating, I offer the following observations written for Film Comment magazine on the occasion of the movie's 10th anniversary in 1980.

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TV Guide

An outrageously entertaining cult classic, and probably one of the most bizarre movies ever produced by a major Hollywood studio.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

Any movie that Jacqueline Susann thinks would damage her reputation as a writer cannot be all bad. Beyond the Valley of the Dolls isn't -- which is not to say it is any good.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

A funky, wonky, and entertaining jolt into the decade that bred free loving, hipster rockers, and hippies...

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Kim Newman
Empire Magazine

Russ Meyer does mainstream, kind of.

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Flixster Audience Score: 73% Flixster User Reviews
Sam Barnett
Hilariously bizarre and well-paced in its escalation of insanity, this Roger Ebert-scripted film is, nonetheless, a sleazy and roughly-edited work of nonsense.… More
Drew Smith
I have no idea what the fuck I just watched, but I kind of loved it. This is High Camp, effortless and energetic and unironically involving. I was totally… More
Aj V
This movie is a semi spoof of Valley of the Dolls, and it's very funny. The girls find themselves in crazy situations, there's a lot of crazy orgy… More
Steve K
I was not prepared for how awesome this movie was, nor had I realized how many films I have seen were clearly inspired by it.
Tim Salmons
Absolutley insane and bizarre. I loved it!
Stephen M
How Russ Meyer ever managed to steer this film through a major studio (20th Century Fox) is nothing short of miraculous. It's an hilarious, ultra-camp,… More