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Southland Tales

Sci-Fi . Thriller . Science Fiction . Drama . Comedy . Adventure . Action

Set in the futuristic landscape of Los Angeles on July 4, 2008, as it stands on the brink of social, economic and environmental disaster. Boxer Santaros is an action star who's stricken with amnesia. His life intertwines with Krysta Now, an adult film star developing her own reality television project, and Ronald Taverner, a Hermosa Beach police officer who holds the key to a vast conspiracy.

Actors: Todd Berger , Robert Benz , Curtis Armstrong , Carlos Amezcua , Bai Ling , Justin Timberlake , Jill Ritchie , Beth Grant , Jon Lovitz , Will Sasso , Mandy Moore , Sarah Michelle Gellar , Seann William Scott , Dwayne Johnson
Directors: Richard Kelly
Release: 2007-12-07
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  • Manohla Dargis

    Funny, audacious, messy and feverishly inspired look at America and its discontents.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Maitland McDonagh

    Delivers equal parts overwrought tedium and mind-bending beauty, spiked with brilliant throwaway images that more than make up for Kelly's heavy-handed hot-button pretensions.

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • Andrew O'Hehir

    If it arrives in final form as (still) a total mess, it's such a passionate and ambitious mess -- overcrowded with extraordinary images, incomprehensible ideas, literary and pop-cultural references and colliding subplots -- that it transcends its adolescent awkwardness and approaches being magnificent. Full Review
  • J. Hoberman

    In its willful, self-involved eccentricity, Southland Tales is really something else. Kelly's movie may not be entirely coherent, but that's because there's so much it wants to say.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Owen Gleiberman

    Southland Tales has a mood unlike anything I've seen: dread that morphs into kitsch and then back again. It's a film that tried my patience, and one I couldn't shake off.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    To be clear: The odds are in favor of you hating it. I hated a lot of it when I saw a barely dry work-in-progress print, 163 minutes long, at the Cannes Film Festival. It’s 19 minutes shorter and better now, though “better” is relative when you’re dealing with a whatzahoozy such as this.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Wesley Morris

    Richard Kelly's Southland Tales isn't just a movie. It's an apocalyptic piñata that's been bazooka-ed open.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Scott Foundas

    Southland Tales pilfers large chunks of its plot and visual style from Alex Cox’s "Repo Man," Kathryn Bigelow’s "Strange Days" and Shane Carruth’s Sundance-winning "Primer," and unlike the makers of those films, Kelly hasn’t digested his influences and made them his own -- he’s more like the slacker college kid who’s just enough of an intellectual poseur to bluff his way to an A. That said, Southland Tales isn’t entirely without its pleasures, chiefly The Rock.

    L.A. Weekly Full Review
  • Carina Chocano

    You get the sense that Kelly is too angry to really find any of it funny. It's easy to empathize with his position, not so easy to remain engrossed in a film that's occasionally inspired but ultimately manic and scattered.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Damon Wise

    A bold and sometimes garbled take on modern American politics, this nevertheless marks an effective and surprisingly funny comeback for a film that many deemed to be DOA.

    Empire Full Review
  • Andy Spletzer

    It's an ambitious film, but that doesn't mean it's good.

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    Love it or laugh at it, you will gaze on Southland Tales with awe.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    An ambitious hodgepodge that is all bang and bluster.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    Dizzyingly incoherent and subversively surreal, this sophomore effort from the man who made the great, strange "Donnie Darko" is certain to have its fans. I'm not going to be one of them.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Keith Phipps

    The further Kelly bends his funhouse mirror, the more he loses sight of what it was supposed to reflect. By the end, the image has twisted beyond coherence.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Mark Bell

    The film is just too much exposition, too long, too convoluted, too many characters and ultimately a huge disappointment.

    Film Threat Full Review
  • Glenn Kenny

    There's a lot of "stuff" here, and Kelly's biggest problem -- he's got more than a few -- is that he can't tell his good material from his bad.

    Premiere Full Review
  • Elizabeth Weitzman

    Southland Tales does have enough energy and audacity to suggest significant potential. But was it ready for public consumption? The answer is no. It's as simple as that.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Ray Bennett

    The English term "shambolic" best describes a slow-paced, bloated and self-indulgent picture that combines science fiction, sophomoric humor and grisly violence soaked in a music-video sensibility.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Todd McCarthy

    Rarely has a picture been so self-consciously designed to be a culturally meaningful touchstone, and fallen so woefully short, as Southland Tales.

    Variety Full Review
  • Desson Thomson

    May be ambitious in its genre-defying abandon, sideswiping science fiction, satire, film noir and melodrama along the way, but it's also exasperatingly convoluted, self-amused and politically sophomoric.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Jonathan Rosenbaum

    You can't be both political and incoherent, and even though Kelly's models are "Kiss Me Deadly" and "Blade Runner," this vision of the near-future suggests a random blend of "Dr. No" and "Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!"

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    I recommend that Kelly keep right on cutting until he whittles it down to a ukulele pick.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Ruthe Stein

    A mess, and that's really a shame.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Josh Rosenblatt

    It appears that Kelly spent the intervening years (since "Donnie Darko") taking hallucinogenic drugs, reading Philip K. Dick novels upside down, and – most disastrously – believing his own hype.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    If a more incoherent and self-indulgent movie has been released so far this century, I'm not aware of it.

    New York Post Full Review
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