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83
Entertainment Weekly
Slums of Beverly Hills has the kind of big heart, strong voice, vivid look, and original sense of humor many young artists -- particularly young female artists -- don't find until they're riper, and some never find at all.
75
Chicago Sun-Times
The film, written and directed by Tamara Jenkins, is pitched pretty firmly at that level of ambition: Broadly drawn characters, quick one-liners, squabbling family members, lots of sex.
75
Jenkins shows an innate gift for lacing laughs with the pain of experience -- Slums is based on her own life.
75
Writing and directing her first feature, Jenkins mines her life for nug gets everyone can relate to.
75
Christian Science Monitor
Slums of Beverly Hills is less a hard-edged exposé than a mood-shifting satire, though approaching its subject with a wryly ironic touch.
75
Her first feature, a semi-autobiographical coming-of-age comedy, is a nicely directed, well-written debut.
75
ReelViews
Many times, films that combine comedy and drama do so in an uncomfortable and unwieldy manner. In Slums of Beverly Hills, the approach is natural and satisfying.
67
A very funny and well-acted comedy about the slings and arrows of outrageous adolescence.
60
The film flawlessly captures the directionless alienation of youngsters whose families are in no shape to guide them through the turbulence of their teenage years.
50
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
There's an alchemy that can transform personal experience into a great film, but it was nowhere nearby when Tamara Jenkins wrote and directed this lacklustre first feature.

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