Slums of Beverly Hills
Slums of Beverly Hills (1998)

Tamara Jenkins wrote and directed this comedy-drama depicting the experience of growing up poor in the 90210 zip code, told from the point of view of Vivian Abramowitz (Natasha Lyonne), a teen who lives a nomadic existence in the outskirts… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: August 14, 1998
DVD Release Date: January 19, 1999
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Critic Score: 80% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Warm, real, and hilarious.

Emanuel Levy

Funny, well acted comedy from a new director whose career shuld be watched

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Ray Conlogue
Globe and Mail

There's an alchemy that can transform personal experience into a great film, but it was nowhere nearby when Tamara Jenkins wrote and directed this lacklustre first feature.

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Brian Costello
Common Sense Media

Dark comedy about family dysfunction; sex, drugs, cursing.

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Lisa Alspector
Chicago Reader

Though hypocritical in the way it sensationalizes sexuality, this serious and funny 1998 movie about a 15-year-old coming to terms with her body and her family in 1976 is, refreshingly, never coy or ironic.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

What lifts this brash comedy above the vulgar herd is Tamara Jenkins in a heartfelt feature debut as writer and director.

Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

...a slight movie but a brave one

Wally Hammond
Time Out

A small film with plenty of incidental pleasures, writer/director Jenkins' debut feature puts a winning new spin on the adolescent comedy-drama.

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Jack Mathews
Los Angeles Times

Generally Jenkins shows few rookie jitters, and she got excellent performances from the rest of her cast.

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Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide

Uneven but filled with flashes of painful insight into the pitfalls awaiting adolescent girls.

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Flixster Audience Score: 68% Flixster User Reviews
Nicki Marie
All time favourite. Love this movie, so many funny scenes in it. Natasha Lyonne is just perfect for this role. Sweet comedy about growing up in the 70's… More
Michael Gildea
Reasonably funny.
Spencer S.
Natasha Lyonne has had many indie roles in television and film that are quite interesting, and this has to be one of her most enduring ones to date. This is… More
Lanning : )
A great study of and living definiton of the dysfunctional family. Arkin is great, and Lyonne was getting strong. What's happened to her?
Michael S
A great piece of work. One of the most underrated independant films of the 90's.
Marcus Woolcott
Excellent little coming-of-age family drama that (thankfully) avoids high-school and focusses on the characters as we see the "other" side of 90210.… More

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