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Gummo (1997)

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Critic Consensus: Gummo's bold provocations may impress more iconoclastically inclined viewers, but others will find it hard to see past writer-director Harmony Korine's overwhelmingly sour storytelling perspective.

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Some time after a devastating tornado has leveled their town, a group of eclectic, ennui-stricken teenagers in Xenia, Ohio pass their days by riding their bikes, playing practical jokes, sniffing glue and paying for sex with a friend's sister.

Cast

Nick Sutton
as Tummler
Jacob Sewell
as Bunny Boy
Linda Manz
as Solomon's Mom
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Critic Reviews for Gummo

All Critics (57) | Top Critics (21)

Like a kid acting up for attention, the wise-ass Korine wants desperately to be in your face - to offend and provoke. And he does a damn good job getting his way. If for no other reason, "Gummo" deserves to be seen.

January 7, 2019 | Full Review…

After his persuasively disturbing screenplay for Larry Clark's Kids, Harmony Korine 's Gummo comes as a disappointment.

January 7, 2019 | Full Review…

The unyielding and uncomfortable manner in which Gummo grapples with human diversity has also allowed it to linger long in the memory.

January 7, 2019 | Full Review…

Is the perspective of youth in this country really so devoid of significance, and their existence so septic? These are good questions, although "Gummo" provides neither answer nor solution, nor even thematic cohesion.

January 7, 2019 | Full Review…

The point of all this nihilism and grotesqueness? You got me.

January 7, 2019 | Rating: 0/4 | Full Review…

Take away the shock value, and there isn't much there: just a stylistically promising student film peddling bargain-basement surreal nihilism that, stretched over 90 minutes, grows awfully tedious.

January 7, 2019 | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for Gummo

½

 

Daniel J DeMersseman
Daniel J DeMersseman

Super Reviewer

A disjointed, pointless and depressing exercise in nihilism, with Korine just throwing together random scenes to show the filth of the white trash. But all that he manages to do is make us feel sick at following the loathsome lives of a bunch of repulsive characters.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

½

A largely plotless, impressionistic and depressing tour of the hopeless white trash residents of Xenia, OH. A lot like what would result if someone took home videos of that embarassing welfare-addicted branch of the family no one likes to talk about and mixed them in a blender with experimental shorts from film school; it's sometimes interesting, more frequently incoherent and annoying.

Greg S
Greg S

Super Reviewer

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