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

Critic Reviews

  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. 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. 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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