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  • Summary: Sometimes it takes a death to bring a family together. In the film Sordid Lives, an all-star cast puts a comedic twist on a story of unconditional love, acceptance and "coming out" in a Texas family. (Regent Entertainment)
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 8
  2. Negative: 2 out of 8
  1. A train wreck you can't help but watch.
  2. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    It's heady in the beginning, chaotic throughout, and numb with the suddenness of the Internet economy's plummet at the end.
  3. Reviewed by: Ken Eisner
    When Sordid Lives does what it does best -- showing Southern gals in the full flight of rabid self-denial -- it's as screamingly funny as this subgenre can get.
  4. 50
    Some of the performances are remarkably natural amid so much farce.
  5. Has its moments here and there, but not nearly enough of them to add up to a satisfying movie.
  6. 30
    To call this campy would be charitable.
  7. The laughs come in all the wrong places when they come at all.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 46 out of 47
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 47
  3. Negative: 1 out of 47
  1. LexingtonD
    Jul 6, 2007
    No exaggerations. No pimping. "Sordid Lives" is likely the funniest movie in existence. Too hard to swallow that information? Then it's the best black comedy ever, bar none. Much like the other raters here, I have no idea what film the critics saw, because what I saw was a clever portrayal of difficult characters, who in the hands of a less capable team would come off as clichés or camp. I think the hidden strength of the film is in its believability, which comes ironically after a hyperbolic death. Every performance is perfect, even a jilted actress who would otherwise be wasted (or end up on the cutting room floor) is taken to the brink of psychotic without quite jumping off - an ideal portrait of unrequited love. By the way, I'm neither southern nor gay, nor have been any of the people who i have exposed to this movie, and it's 10s all around. I was lucky enough to find this in a dollar bin of used VHS, had a dollar, and had read this on a list of the 10 best black comedies of all time. What the review didn't say is that it is THE best. I plan on buying the DVD soon, because we're going to wear out the tape! Expand

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