A 16-year-old Asian student (Parry Shen) commits crimes with his goofy friend (Jason Tobin) and a gang in Southern California.
" It's not a perfect work ... but it is so filled with energy, angst, talent, authenticity and passion that it stands heads above most supposed youth-culture releases. "
" The dialogue is school-hallway hip (MTV has a hand in distributing this), the humor consistently dark and the stereotypes ready for the puncturing. "
" A enerally absorbing look at a slice of society normally taken for granted, both in life and onscreen. "
" While its characters are specifically Asian American ... the film really speaks to all young people, about dangerous games and their disturbingly untidy consequences. "
" MTV (which bought this movie out of Sundance) believes the target audience to be high school and college students. I would argue that it's anyone in search of a well-made, thought-provoking motion picture. "
" Spends more time avoiding Asian-American stereotypes than it does making sense of its characters and plot. "
" A funny, smart, fearless movie. "
" Beyond its mangled morals ... Better Luck is a riveting and stylized ride from a director with great promise. "
" The director sacrifices finesse to run around in the baggy duds of a lurid gangsta flick looking for street cred. "
" Most of writer-director Justin Lin's shapeless movie is as bland as the neighborhood. "
" Better Luck Tomorrow breathes new life into a familiar story: coming of age in high school. "
" Better Luck Tomorrow, a corrosive, insightful study of the pressure-packed lives of suburban high school students, brings a new variant to gangster movies: gangsters with perfect SAT scores. "
" It makes you think about the cliched pictures of Asian kids in the popular imagination and how painful it must be for them to carry the burden of perfection. "
" With none of the smarmy voyeurism that taints Larry Clark's teen exposes, Better Luck Tomorrow manages to get at the truths and the traps of a high-strung segment of today's youth. "
" Although this movie shows Lin's promising moviemaking sensibilities, its point of view feels coldly amoral and dismissive. "
" Although directed in a pop-smart style that eschews dark, deterministic melodramatics for an unsettlingly sunny tone ... the film also frustrates for having come so close to being something truly challenging. "
" Starts with the right intentions but quickly unravels. "
" An impressively authentic portrait of teenagers who, given too much money and freedom by absent parents, have confused maturity with a veneer of sophistication and blase amorality. "
" If this is what Lin can do for the Hollywood equivalent of pocket change, we can't wait to see what's possible when he has an actual budget at his disposal. "
" Perpetuates another stereotype: the one about affluent suburban teens who have everything they could ever want but so lack a moral compass that even murder seems like just another extracurricular activity. "
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