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6.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 68 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 42 out of 68
  2. Negative: 20 out of 68

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  1. Aug 27, 2010
    1
    why, why, why, why, why?
    Note to directors: if you're going to film whatever **** flies through your brain, at least have the common decency to make the final product less than 2 hours. That being said, it was probably the most well-acted roles I had seen by most of the big-name actors in the movie (most notably Justin Timberlake). But still, why!?
  2. Oct 20, 2014
    0
    this movie is a pretentious waste with nothing to say, terrible casting, and beyond terrible plot as well a dialogue that plain sucks it amazes that this film has fans because this was so hard to sit through and i felt like the movie was calling me stupid for not getting "how deep and complex this movie is" but belive me it isn't you it's the movie IT MAKES NO SENSE!
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44

Mixed or average reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 26
  2. Negative: 10 out of 26
  1. 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.
  2. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    30
    Rarely has a picture been so self-consciously designed to be a culturally meaningful touchstone, and fallen so woefully short, as Southland Tales.
  3. 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.