Janet Maslin - New York Times
Rita Kempley - Washington Post
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
Ed Lachman's cinematography is letter perfect as always in its handling of light and color (assisted here by Barbara Ling's flashy production design), but it's a pity to see it wasted on such claptrap.
Jonathan Rosenbaum - Chicago Reader
Perhaps this wasn't the best subject matter for British director Marek Kanievska (Another Country) to make his American debut. The feel for this distinctly Southern California story escapes him.
Variety Staff - Variety
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
The only saving grace of this exercise in futility is the suitably louche performance by Spader as drug-dealer Rip.
Dean Essner - Film4
Loosely based on the novel by Bret Easton Ellis, Less Than Zero refuses to take the risks necessary to capture the keen social observation of the book.
Dean Essner - TV Guide's Movie Guide
Eric Melin - Scene-Stealers.com
Jami Gertz was, is, and ever shall be one of the most egregious actresses in the history of film.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
a bit of a mess
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
The anti-teen film that really kicks ass
Clint Morris - Moviehole
Meant to be a statement against the amoral lifestyle of super-rich youth, it misses the mark by a mile.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
Has style to spare, but none of the novel's shock value
James Sanford - Kalamazoo Gazette
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
Bret Easton Ellis's novel is fairly faithfully into a portrait of strung out teenage yuppies in LA during the late 80s.
Shannon J. Harvey - Sunday Times (Australia)
A startling tale of alienation and self-destruction. Put Downey on the map, at least for a while.
Widgett Walls - Needcoffee.com
Brian J. Arthurs - Beach Reporter (Southern California)
Philip Martin - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
The quality of dislocation in Marek Kanievska's Less Than Zero is startling and sinister.
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central
It may not be the most realistic portrayal of drug addiction ever produced, but it's certainly worth seeing - if for nothing else than Downey's superlative performance.
Scott Weinberg - Apollo Guide
James Brundage - Filmcritic.com