Splendor

Metascore
52

Mixed or average reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 18
  2. Negative: 3 out of 18
  1. 78
    There's a genuine, sparky chemistry between the three (and later, a fourth), and Robertson, particularly, is luminous in her role.
  2. Reviewed by: Ernest Hardy
    70
    Beautifully shot, full of lush, vibrant colors and expertly wrought sets...a club-kid's frothy date flick.
  3. The pleasing Splendor is surely more likely to appeal to a wider audience than any of Araki's previous films.
  4. 70
    It's dirty and delightful, if a tad on the slight side.
  5. It gradually loses wattage. Robertson, however, is a real sparkler.
  6. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    63
    Runs out of helium and lands pretty heavily after its airy beginning.
  7. 60
    Instructive comedy, which is marvelously neutral toward a type of sexual and domestic relationship that's often exploited or overblown.
  8. 55
    There's nothing remotely bizarre about this boy meets girl meets boy tale.
  9. Reviewed by: John Hartl
    50
    Compared to such current television shows as ''Sex and the City" and ''Action," this menage-a-trois tale seems downright tame.
  10. A menage a trois tale that aspires to the breezy screwball comedies of the 1930s -- but more often resembles a hip soap opera.
  11. Almost a textbook example of what can go wrong when an artistic bad boy decides to be good.
  12. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    50
    Characteristically stylish and willfully outre, and uncharacteristically watchable.
  13. Araki graduates from his usual obsession with teenage angst in this neon-lighted comedy, but fails to hit the visual and verbal high notes he strains so hard to reach.
  14. 40
    Might as well be bad TV...Splendor is what happens when a director whose natural mode is subversion runs out of things to subvert.
  15. Ineptly written and shot like a fashion mag, rings hollow throughout. It's a long, long way from "Jules and Jim."
  16. An embarrassing misfire...feels like a long, slow TV pilot about L.A. twentysomethings, only it lacks the polish and wit of your average sitcom.
  17. Reviewed by: Ron Givens
    25
    A fair amount of laughs and a spunky dose of charm from the three leads, which adds up to some meaningless, if perverted, fun.

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