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7.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 26 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 26
  2. Negative: 5 out of 26

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  1. Feb 20, 2014
    10
    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. Expand
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41

Mixed or average reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 27
  2. Negative: 12 out of 27
  1. 30
    The traumatized critic must struggle to avoid capital letters in urging patrons to steer clear of the colorfully cast but unbearable Spun.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.