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Based on 14 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
75
Chicago Sun-Times
A messy but hungry film like this is more interesting than cool technical perfection.
75
New York Daily News
Sloppy, self-satisfied and surprisingly heartfelt.
63
New York Post
Less an updated version of the Dostoevsky novel than an unusually somber Hollywood teen love story.
60
Melodramatic look at alienated California high school students.
38
Chicago Tribune
Just say no.
25
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Not faithful enough to be an adaptation, too misguided to be considered an interpretation, and not funny enough to be a parody, this film would do well not to advertise its inspiration.
20
Salon.com
Even dressed up in tabloid lighting and cut with jagged edits, this pulp nihilism never goes beyond daytime TV banality.
20
Completed before the release of "American Beauty," this contrived, puffed up little picture nonetheless seems like a ripoff, perhaps because it mines the same tired assumptions and unexamined stereotypes about suburban family life.
10
Los Angeles Times
The "crime" was that it was made in the first place and the "punishment" is having to watch it.
0
Entertainment Weekly
A somber, draggy, deadweight, lugubrious, absurdly self serious version of ''American Beauty.''

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