Mixed or average reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 27
  2. Negative: 12 out of 27
  1. 75
    The movie is like the low-rent, road show version of those serious drug movies where everybody is macho and deadly.
  2. Spun is accomplished, but it's also numbing. It's hard to have much connection to people who never connect with each other.
  3. Akerlund and crew use their full arsenal of lenses and editing techniques in service of leaving you spun, but it's undeniable that this movie was produced by steady hands and thoughtful minds.
  4. A swaggering journey into hell that conveys a chortling amusement at its own apocalyptic imagination.
  5. The movie is both harrowing and funny, but I’m not sure the filmmakers would agree with everyone about which scenes are which.
  6. 67
    Some will hate this film, but there's something delectably junky about it -- like a bright colored candy glistening from a gutter, you just have to look at it.
  7. 63
    Makes you want to run home and shower, but Rourke's performance gets under your skin.
  8. Rourke and Roberts! Dueling kings of B-movie excess and cable-TV schlock, together again on the big screen! Talk about chemistry!
  9. Reviewed by: Damon Wise
    Yes, it’s offensive, stupid and loud, but its cartoonish, macabre wit should be evident to anyone with a brain in the first ten minutes. Whether it’s funny or not, though, is another matter entirely. Approach with extreme caution -- and/or rubber gloves.
  10. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Outrageously grungy and whacked-out walk on the wild side.
  11. Has no insights, no point, no urgency and no importance.
  12. 50
    You can't accuse the film of making speed addiction look glamorous, but the freak-show kick is too compelling for it to be called cautionary.
  13. It's like the longest just-say-no commercial in history, only you'd say no not because drugs are evil but because you don't want to get a serious foot fungus.
  14. Reviewed by: Jeff Stark
    The biggest problem with Spun is that it's really just about speed (and editing). And speed, like most other drugs, is in and of itself boring.
  15. As the cowboy-hatted wild man who cooks up speed in his motel-room lab, Rourke, who looks at home in his tattoos, is mesmerizingly grungy. He strikes a rare note of authenticity in this otherwise phony fandango.
  16. 38
    This is a gleefully repulsive movie. Spun is bound to be described as bold and cutting-edge by those who confuse shock value with achievement. Most people, however, will just long for a shower after it's over.
  17. Both a madcap comedy and a cautionary tale about the dangers of drug abuse. But it's not funny or smart enough to work as either one, let alone to strike a balance.
  18. 38
    Spun is quickly exposed as being all flash, no substance.
  19. 38
    Because Spun is so plotless it's almost avant-garde, we're meant to be delighted with its assortment of set pieces.
  20. 30
    A dark comedy about speed freaks that feels like it was directed and edited by someone in the midst of a methamphetamine jag.
  21. 30
    The traumatized critic must struggle to avoid capital letters in urging patrons to steer clear of the colorfully cast but unbearable Spun.
  22. Maybe it's the sight of Leguizamo running around dressed only in boots and a well-placed sock that does her in, or maybe it's just that she's seen this movie too many times before. She isn't the only one.
  23. The title (which translates, essentially, as "burned out") is an apt description of the film itself: a hot and smoldering shell.
  24. 25
    What's more annoying than the screenplay's relentless assaultiveness is its odd, sordid cuteness.
  25. 20
    The freak show of druggy squalor and the wired sexuality of hardcore kink and flaccid cocks float by solely for our carnivalesque amusement.
  26. 10
    A turkey of Rubenesque proportions.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 26 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 13
  2. Negative: 3 out of 13
  1. Feb 20, 2014
    I've never seen a movie that was so real and surreal at the same time. Artful as well as gritty, some people will take a quick look and not " get" this. Surrounded by talented people, Mickey Rourke steals this movie. His monologue at the end of the movie had to be written by him and brought tears to my eyes. I laughed most of the way through this movie and then was hit with his words. Only open-minded people will be able to watch this gem. Someday more critics will "get" this and it will be declared a cult classic. Full Review »
  2. DaveD
    May 2, 2009
    Superb druggy slice of life. Perfect mix of style and content. All the cast are on top form, and Rourke is effortlessly good as The Cook.
  3. Mr.Screenjaw
    Nov 20, 2007
    Completely missed by critics. there is no plot to meth. i liked spun for all the reasons the hacks hated it. bravo.