...sleek, giddy fun.
—Kirk Honeycutt Hollywood Reporter
...unlike the novel, the movie never really gets inside these kids, who aren't in the least all right.
—Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly
...can't decide if it's a cautionary tale or a lifestyle catalog.
—Peter Debruge Variety
...promises insights or at least insidery gossip. Instead, it feels as shopworn as a dusty VHS tape of Less Than Zero.
—Kyle Smith New York Post
...ultimately falls victim to another kind of addict, in that Schumacher can't keep himself from the kind of vibey camera and editing flourishes that facilitate only viewer numbness: slo-mo for cool, herky-jerky for loss of control, white backgrounds for momentous flashbacks or silly detours like the contents of someone's pockets.
—Kevin Thomas Los Angeles Times
...sinks under the weight of its pretensions...
—Stephen Holden New York Times
—Melissa Anderson Village Voice
Sorry, no XOXO for this slick, hollow hooey.
—Peter Travers Rolling Stone
...a disjointed sinkhole of a movie...
—Andrew Schenker Slant Magazine