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Lisa Schwarzbaum - Entertainment Weekly
No conceivable competition [this year] will match the sourness, cynicism and pretension of Korine's debut feature.
Janet Maslin - New York Times
Perhaps Gummo was dismissed by many people because it obsessively investigates the gray area between being an object and being an actor in which filmed people necessarily exist.
Jonathan Rosenbaum - Chicago Reader
Enfant terrible Harmony Korine makes a bizarre, idiosyncratic directing debut with his uncompromising look at youth alientaion in Middle-America, whose downbeat tone and off-putting imagery should appeal to small minority of viewers.
Emanuel Levy - Variety
In real life, this town was devastated by a tornado 20 years ago. According to Korine's version of things, it never recovered.
Liam Lacey - Globe and Mail
A glue-sniffer's reverie and an aestheticized episode of Beavis & Butthead, explicitly and bracingly set up as an act of cinematic vandalism
Fernando F. Croce - CinePassion
Gummo aims to be provocatively anti-everything: anti-Christian, anti-feline, non-narrative, unpolished, visually dyslexic, and imaginatively off-putting.
Rob Nelson - City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
It's bleak, brutal and redeemed only by Reynolds's outstanding performance.
Harsh, funny, repellent and occasionally quite moving.
- TV Guide's Movie Guide
C'mon, Harmony. Mano a boyo. What are you really trying to prove here?
Paul Tatara - CNN.com
Directors have been hailed as visionaries for less.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
Problematic, troubling, dangerous even, but breathtakingly original, and absolutely true to the times. The cutting edge doesn't get any sharper than this.
- Time Out
Korine is the Jerry Springer of this world. He doesn't judge his subjects, he can still identify with them.
Ron Wells - Film Threat
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
Like watching life on the surface of an alien planet
Luke Y. Thompson - LYTRules.com
Less shocking than utterly boring.
Dragan Antulov - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Jonathan R. Perry - Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
Mark Palermo - Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
Enter Harmony Korine's directorial debut: new trends in discouraging filmmaking.
Greg Muskewitz - eFilmCritic.com
Spence D. - IGN Movies
Its an underground wonder.
Moira Sullivan - FilmFestivals.com
Abounds with strange beauty.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
Probably the vilest waste of 2 hours of my life.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
- Boston Phoenix
revels in the filth and squalor of the worst variations of human existence, without giving any true insight or understanding about the predicaments of its pathetic character
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
Simply a series of incidents with no central narrative in sight, and though the film strives to achieve realism, it feels contrived and false.
Chris Grunden - Film Journal International
Korine never gets beneath the troubled surface of his characters.
Ed Scheid - Boxoffice Magazine
By the end, one almost wishes another tornado would descend and wash away these subnormal characters for whom there is neither redemption nor purpose in life.
Elspeth Haughton - Apollo Guide
An incredibly powerful social document.
Bruce Kirkland - Jam! Movies
See it with someone you loathe.
- E! Online
I found myself becoming bored and tuning the film out.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Korine's objective is so narrow and mean, and his viewpoint so colored by smug, adolescent condescension, that Gummo comes off like a mean-spirited prank.
Edward Guthmann - San Francisco Chronicle
It is a film experience like no other, a movie for which the word original was clearly invented for.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
The effect is as horribly funny as it is depressing, but gets pretty hard to take after a while, especially for anyone who is a committed cat-lover.
Kim Newman - Empire Magazine
Korine's trying to offer a radical vision of rotten America, but the whole thing feels warmed over.
Walter V. Addiego - San Francisco Examiner
If not the single worst film of the decade, at least the worst of the year -- and I saw Tarzan and the Lost City.
Christopher Null - Filmcritic.com
Give me a f---ing break, man.
Russell Smith - Austin Chronicle