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91
Harmony Korine's first ''mainstream'' movie, Spring Breakers, is by far the best thing he's ever done.
88
Korine wants to give us a portrait of our nation's children - the girls, especially - as beautifully depraved sharks, pleasure-seeking killers oblivious to the comedy and horror of their existence. And damned if he doesn't pull it off, or come close enough.
88
A candy-colored fever dream is the most unforgettable movie of the year so far.
75
The female actors, particularly Hudgens and Ashley Benson, are game for the ride. And Franco is indispensable, bringing humor and pathos to one of the more repulsive cinematic creations in recent memory.
75
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. That's not meant negatively.
63
As Alien, a gun-crazy Florida drug dealer with tats, beaded cornrows and a grill any rapper would envy, Franco is a bug-f--k blast. Too bad the movie itself is rarely as outrageous as he is.
60
So often not in his element - his turn in “Oz the Great and Powerful” is evidence of that - Franco is in freako mode here, and walks a line between spaced-out caricature and just plain Out There.
60
Although parts of Spring Breakers are very funny, there's also something tsk-tsking and superior about it, as if Korine had thought a lot about young middle America's idea of midsemester fun and decided he doesn't like it one tiny bit.
50
With director Harmony Korine's visual overload and somnolent voice-overs - the same sentences are repeated ad nauseum - it manages to be both mind-numbingly dull and off-putting.
50
Am I crazy, or are Spring Breakers and "Oz the Great and Powerful" essentially the same movie? James Franco stars in both - a tattooed, gun-totin' gangsta in one, a charlatan magician in the other (you figure out which is which), and, in both, he's encircled by a bevy of Hollywood babes determined either to get witchy on him, or get that other witchy-rhyming word on him.
40
It has hypnotic visual style and a dense, driving soundscape. But it's also too monotonous and thematically empty to be seriously provocative.

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