Metascore
52

Mixed or average reviews - based on 6 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    Sep 28, 2012
    50
    The movie Vulgaria is not one for the kiddies. Then again, the description "for mature audiences" doesn't seem right either. The Hong Kong comedy, a broad, cartoonish -- and decidedly filthy -- satire of moviemaking is as sophomoric as they come. It's also pretty funny, in an unapologetically over-the-top way.
  2. Reviewed by: Mark Jenkins
    Sep 28, 2012
    65
    Reportedly, the movie's humor relies heavily on Cantonese slang and profanity, which will be lost on most American viewers. But Quin's rapid-fire bilingualism gives some sense of the movie's verbal dexterity.
  3. Reviewed by: Mark Olsen
    Sep 27, 2012
    70
    Even amid the naughty flourishes, with Vulgaria, Pang again shows himself to be a wise, playful chronicler of modern life.
  4. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Sep 27, 2012
    50
    The film's kinky energy eventually wanes, the pileup of profanities losing its initial zing.
  5. Reviewed by: Chuck Bowen
    Sep 25, 2012
    50
    Pang Ho-cheung can't help but humanize Vulgaria's characters, which is a kiss of death for what's meant to be a farce of escalating obscenity.
  6. Reviewed by: Chris Packham
    Sep 25, 2012
    50
    The broadness of the film's comedy might be largely attributable to the conventions of Hong Kong cinema, but to American audiences, the film has an exaggerated notion of its own raunchiness.