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Southland Tales (2007)



Critic Consensus: Southland Tales, while offering an intriguing vision of the future, remains frustratingly incoherent and unpolished.

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The city stands on the brink of social, economic and environmental disaster. "Southland Tales" is an epic story set over the course of three days that culminate in a massive 4th of July celebration. Boxer Santaros is an action star stricken with amnesia. Krysta Now is an adult film star developing her own reality television project, and Roland Taverner is a Hermosa Beach police officer who holds the key to a vast conspiracy.

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Seann William Scott
as Roland Taverner/Ronald Taverner
Sarah Michelle Gellar
as Krysta Kapowski/Krysta Now
Curtis Armstrong
as Dr. Soberin Exx
Dwayne Johnson
as Boxer Santaros
Joe Campana
as Brandt Huntington
Nora Dunn
as Cyndi Pinziki
Michele Durrett
as Starla Von Luft
Beth Grant
as Dr. Inga Von Westphalen/Marion Card
Wood Harris
as Dion Warner/Dion Element
John Larroquette
as Vaughn Smallhouse
Bai Ling
as Serpentine
Holmes Osborne
as Sen. Bobby Frost
Cheri Oteri
as Zora Charmichaels
Jill Ritchie
as Shoshana Kapowski/Shoshana Cox
Zelda Rubinstein
as Dr. Katarina Kuntzler
Lou Taylor Pucci
as Martin Kefauver
Wallace Shawn
as Baron Von Westphalen
Will Sasso
as Fortunio Balducci
Jon Lovitz
as Bart Bookman
Mandy Moore
as Madeline Frost Santaros
Amy Poehler
as Veronica Mung/Dream
Miranda Richardson
as Nana Mae Frost
Sab Shimono
as Hideo Takehashi
Kevin Smith
as Simon Theory
Lisa K. Wyatt
as Teri Riley
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Critic Reviews for Southland Tales

All Critics (105) | Top Critics (39)

Southland Tales is dizzyingly maximalist, never happy with one set-piece if it can introduce five. It is unhinged, and occasionally exhilarating, and quite often funny.

June 3, 2020 | Full Review…

As the follow-up to his debut feature, the unexpectedly enduring teen-movie/sci-fi hybrid Donnie Darko, writer-director Richard Kelly has crafted an even more ambitious and far-reaching story

November 19, 2013 | Full Review…

They've left it late, but writer-director Richard Kelly (Donnie Darko) and his team have gone and scooped The Independent's Worst Film of 2007 award - against stiff competition, too.

December 7, 2007 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

Frustrating and finally rather pointless.

December 7, 2007 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Whether this is a demented B-movie or a comment on demented B-movies is hard to say. It is horribly fascinating, if not for the full 150 minutes.

December 7, 2007 | Full Review…

The film has a dated feel - it has more in common with 1960s-style wacky satire than the cutting edge of 21st-century cinema.

December 7, 2007 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for Southland Tales

It feels like a bizarre mix of Blade Runner and Twin Peaks written by Bret Easton Ellis and adapted by Uwe Boll - ridiculous, pretentious, incomprehensible and full of tiring exposition from beginning to end about a universe that couldn't be more uninteresting.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


A film that leaves you in awe. In awe of the amount of wasted talent combined in this pretentious, confusing and unfunny dystopian tale. Director Kelly delivered a surprise cult hit with Donny Darko and revisits the themes of time travel and the end of the world here. He packs it into an overly long story with political satire, too many unlikable characters and a plot that's almost impossible to follow. It's trying to be smart, funny and David Lynch-esque but isn't really any of that. During the last half an hour things are slowly starting to make a little more sense but the finale, overblown with Christian symbolism, makes it hard to care after the horrible first half of the movie. Unbelievable, how many great names signed up to be part of this terrible attempt in creating art. Kelly still knows how to use songs and to film musical numbers but as for the rest is concerned, one has to wonder what the hell he was thinking. Watch at your own risk.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer


A strange film set in the future with a confusing plot with deals with alternative energy, politics, world war 3 and the 4th dimension!! A bit long it has some good moments but a few lows as well. Overall just a bit odd.

Dean King
Dean King

Super Reviewer

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