Owen Gleiberman
March 28, 2003 AT 05:00 AM EST

Spun

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
runtime
96 minutes
Limited Release Date
03/14/03
performer
John Leguizamo, Brittany Murphy, Mickey Rourke, Jason Schwartzman, Mena Suvari, Patrick Fugit, Deborah Harry, Ron Jeremy, Eric Roberts, Peter Stormare
director
Jonas Akerlund
distributor
New Market
author
Will De Los Santos, Creighton Vero
genre
Drama

We gave it a B

In this kaleidoscopic grungefest, a group of pretty young crystal-meth junkies bounce off one another like pinballs. The director, Jonas Akerlund, uses stroboscopic cuts, shock sound, and triple-X animated imagery to put us inside the experience of a crank high. Akerlund has an instinct for dirtbag theatrics. Spun is accomplished, but it’s also numbing. The cast, slumming for cred, includes Jason Schwartzman, Mena Suvari, and Mickey Rourke, who reigns over the film because he’s the one freak on hand who isn’t faking his freakishness.

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