Stefan’s review published on Letterboxd:
I like to view films for the experience and feelings gained within me, rather than looking into them on an analytical level all of the time. "Gummo" is one of these films that I watch for the experience, and how it makes me feel as a viewer. Because this film is one of the most unique films I have ever seen, like I really can't recall seeing a film like this in my life. And with this film being so unique, I found it interesting how the experience was also unique in how I engaged as a viewer.
I don't know how to speak about this film due to how it is based off of the personal experience of watching this rather than me explaining to you. Because this film is most definitely not for everyone, and I can fully understand why. But I really connected with it and got fully immersed into the world of the film.
The film does have this heart aching view of the loss of innocence which was a theme I noticed throughout the entire film, straight from the opening credits to the very end. And this is best exemplified by the "Crying" scene near the end. It's just so damn brilliant, it really showed the talent Harmony Korine had to offer.
Overall, I think "Gummo" is a great film that deserves to be checked out. If you aren't feeling it in the first 10 minutes then it's probably best to turn it off. But if you decide to stick around, you'll either love it or hate it.
And just as a sidenote, this is a film that I always saw in "Disturbing movies" videos that I use to watch when I was younger out of general curiosity, and part of me can get why it can be seen as disturbing under a certain lens, but seeing this film get ranked up against the likes of "Martyrs" and "A Serbian Film" was always strange to me. Just don't go into this expecting something like those films, because this is a different kind of disturbing in that it has no graphic violence or sex, but is just established through the tone of the film and the characters who are followed along. It's definitely eerie and makes you wanna have a shower straight after finishing the film.