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100
It's visually astonishing and often devastating, too. This might be the freshest film about young people in America since Larry Clark's Kids.
100
You could also argue that this almost intentionally exhausting film is too much of a good thing. But there's amazingly little of it you'd want to live without.
100
Part dreamy millennial picaresque, part distorted tapestry of Americana and part exquisitely illustrated iTunes musical, “Honey” daringly commits only to the loosest of narratives across its luxurious 162-minute running time. Yet it's constantly, engrossingly active, spinning and sparking and exploding in cycles like a Fourth of July Catherine wheel.
91
It's the closest thing to a magnum opus in Arnold's blossoming career.
91
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It is indulgent in its length and relative plotlessness, though there's no point at which the bravado of Arnold's filmmaking, Lane's riveting performance or Ryan's stunning Polaroid-shaped lensing ever flag.
91
It's the closest thing to a magnum opus in Arnold's blossoming career.
70
The film works best as a poignant character study, observing Star as she settles into her independence and figures out who she wants to be, framed by a vast physical landscape that stretches socioeconomically from privileged wealth to squalid poverty. There's a wonderful intimacy in the way Arnold examines young women in her films.
60
It's a bold film, full of energy and spunk, but a patchy, half-formed, rambling one too.
60
It's a film which drifts onward in search for an epiphany which doesn't quite materialise. It is indulgent, and features a scenery-chewing, furniture-smashing performance from Shia LaBoeuf. Yet there is much that is valuable in the film: a sense of mood and space, interesting ideas and a tense triangular dynamic between its chief characters.
60
While American Honey exudes ample energy, this episodic piece doesn't muster much narrative drive over its daunting running time of two and three quarter hours. There's probably a stronger, tighter film in here, but fair game at least to Arnold in her commitment to following the winding back roads of filmic experiment rather than the well-mapped highway of storytelling.
40
American Honey ticks off all of the indie clichés. Fireworks? Check. Standing up in convertible with your arms outstretched? Check. Grubby children? Check. But all of this could be forgiven, or at least put up with, if the film wasn't so long and meandering.

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