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  • Summary: A funny, raw and engagingly personal memoir of growing-up on the wrong side of the 90210 zip code. (Fox Searchlight)


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  1. Positive: 16 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. Slums of Beverly Hills has the kind of big heart, strong voice, vivid look, and original sense of humor many young artists -- particularly young female artists -- don't find until they're riper, and some never find at all.
  2. Like its Southern California setting, the sunny semi-autobiography is tempered with just the right touch of Jenkins's smoggy cynicism.
  3. 80
    Beneath the sitcom-like surface of Slums lies a realistic coming-of-age story, perfectly cast and effectively acted with just a hint of tragedy.
  4. Writing and directing her first feature, Jenkins mines her life for nug gets everyone can relate to.
  5. 70
    It's one of those movies that gets bonus points for being "personal" -- it bops along from episode to episode, as if the filmmaker were discovering her subject as she went along.
  6. A very funny and well-acted comedy about the slings and arrows of outrageous adolescence.
  7. 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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Jan 27, 2013
    Great film! If you haven't seen it watch it right now. Like now.


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