Louis Day’s review published on Letterboxd:
Annnnnnd we’re back to not liking Korine. After enjoying one of his less well regarded ones, I thought I might be into his style when it DOESN’T have all the gloss of Beach Bum, but no. I just don’t care for when he tries to make a normal movie out of nothing.
Gummo has a lot of the same elements as Trash Humpers, mainly the extended scenes of people just talking and being what many would consider “odd”, but here it decides to share focuses among a larger group of characters while also having a loose plot. On top of this, while everything is still grimy, this does feel more “film” than Trash Humpers, and this loses that documentary glow I was just praising that movie for.
I wish I could write something about this. It’s themes, its examination of people who may not always get the spotlight, SOMETHING. I was just bored though. So bored that I remember almost nothing besides a few loose scenes. Maybe that’s the point, maybe it’s just moments that Korine wants you to remember. I, however, cannot stand that stuff, so despite elements that may be well done, I just can’t do this or probably most of Korine’s work, but I’ll still give Spring Breakers a shot at some point.