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... 'Spring Breakers' is a gas to look at and to hear, and it's easily Korine's most successfully sustained work."
New York Times:
[Korine] turns his exploration into such a gonzo, outrageously funny party that it takes a while to appreciate that this is more of a horror film than a comedy.
Surrendering to the Korine paradox has never been more tempting than it is with Spring Breakers, which is lush and exuberant and gives his admittedly brilliant eye its fullest expression to date.
We're all screwed, Korine seems to be saying. It's very sad - but also kinda sexy.
Korine likes the poetics of transgression, and he trowels on the bad behavior with a heavy but mesmerizing hand.
J. R. Jones,
Korine gestures toward social criticism, but essentially this is just an hour and a half of bongs [and] beers... thinly dressed as Natural Born Killers.
Starts out like a salacious, rump-centric and blithely bare-breasted hip-hop video and ends up in the realm of scary and inspired trash.
An authentically cracked expression of the crazy, conflicting signals bombarding today's teenagers.
A half hour, four hours, two days after walking away from it you might still flashback to its seductive, neon-lit, dayglow world.
It would be easy to dismiss 'Spring Breakers.' Lord I'd like to.
The movie is too calculated to shock. Korine just wants to be the danger he's warning us about.
It has hypnotic visual style and a dense, driving soundscape. But it's also too monotonous and thematically empty to be seriously provocative.
The film stands, overall, as one of the director's richer provocations ...
"Spring Breakers" is so over-the-top, so-overdone, so extreme, it'd turn even a hedonist off sex.
Korine is tap-dancing so fast that it's never really clear exactly what he's up to, but none of it adds up to much in the end.
New York Daily News:
Korine manages to make much of the film into a "Natural Born Killers"-style pop patchwork with a videogame-influenced lack of morality.
New York Post:
Basically a "Girls Gone Wild'' short artily padded out to feature-length by endlessly repeating the same scenes and lines of dialogue, often three or more times.
In another movie, these girls would be sex objects. In Spring Breakers, we're all too aware of what lurks under the pretty packaging.
Korine's latest is a characteristically serious film about inherently ridiculous characters, but it's too montonous to be really thoughtful or funny.
Spring Breakers, beach-party fluff done as an art film by the reliably bizarre Harmony Korine, is a return to form for Franco.
Whatever other charges you want to level against "Spring Breakers" - such as incoherence, plotlessness, salaciousness and mind-numbing monotony - it has no lack of high concept.
Any irregularity in tone becomes a part of the movie's intentionally rough, imperfect surface-a formal strategy I might find interesting if I could make head or tail of what the movie that's using it is trying to say.
Globe and Mail:
Neon bright and all raw energy, Spring Breakers is a pulsating paradox of a movie, both a tangerine dream and a cultural reality check, a pop artifact that simultaneously exploits and explores the shallowness of pop artifacts.
Korine's story is a searing indictment of today's hedonistic, nihilistic youth, and his script is loaded with sharp, telling dialogue that exposes the rotten moral cores of its characters.
As presented by Korine, this bacchanal has become codified, conformist and utterly repetitive. Are we having fun yet?
It's campy and comic at times, but Korine also gives the film a downbeat, melancholic edge, with voiceovers, pointed repetition of dialogue and images, and hallucinatory camera work, sound and editing.
Spring Breakers is either an inspired satire of the youth movie or the most irresponsible comedy mainstream Hollywood will never make. The bros in your crowd will call it rad -- and radical it is.
Spring Breakers is an exploitative display of bacchanalian excess, casual sex and rampant nudity that's more tedious than titillating.
Attractively fizzy pic may be a shock to the system for fans of teen queens Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens, but remains pretty toothless titillation by its writer-helmer's standards.
Once a year, St. Petersburg is awash with thoughtless, unpleasant people making poor decisions. This spring, Korine is one of them.