Not Quite Hollywood 2008

Critics score:
94 / 100

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Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out: If Mad Max (a rare stateside success) is the only Down Under-and-dirty flick you remember, you missed out on a vital drive-in culture, one that Mark Hartley's Not Quite Hollywood does a suitably supercharged job of chronicling. Read more

Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal: A survey of the week wouldn't be complete without a left-handed salute -- not to be confused with a backhanded compliment -- to the gleeful rubbish of Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation! Read more

John Hartl, Seattle Times: Not Quite Hollywood is jammed with well-preserved clips of the Aussie movies that started pushing the limits after censorship was essentially dropped in 1971. Read more

Noel Murray, AV Club: Think of Not Quite Hollywood as a vividly illustrated catalogue of astonishing smut. Read more

Wesley Morris, Boston Globe: This is as insightful a glimpse into a country's cinema as you're likely to see at this running time. Read more

Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times: It's a kicky, slightly exhausting look at a bygone era of low-rent moviemaking, whose colorful trove of film clips should delight fans of cinematic esoterica, nostalgic schlock and high octane drive-in fare. Read more

Anthony Lane, New Yorker: Although Not Quite Hollywood was clearly put together with fanatical love, the suspicion remains, as often with genre cinema, that these trash-rich movies are a lot more fun to hear about, and to watch in snatches, than to sit through. Read more

Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News: What's cool and always kicky is seeing a country's irreverent movie trash being treated with such, well, reverence. Read more

Lou Lumenick, New York Post: There are clips from more than 80 movies crammed into 100 consistently hilarious and jaw-dropping minutes, from soft- and hard-core porn to cheesy , gory horror movies to biker and car chase movies that make The Fast and the Furious look positively tame. Read more

Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle: It's all very foul, and completely entertaining. Read more

Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune: Tarantino's enthusiasm notwithstanding, backstage gossip about movies of no importance is enough to bore even certified film geeks. Read more

Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch: If Not Quite Hollywood is not quite convincing, it is quite entertaining. Read more

Tom Huddleston, Time Out: The end product, while shallow and sometimes disconcertingly furtive, offers an enlightening, pleasurable peek into one of cinema's more enticing dark corners. Read more

Dennis Harvey, Variety: Aussie genre pics of the 1970s and '80s get a rip-roaring salute in Not Quite Hollywood. Read more

Scott Foundas, Village Voice: Not Quite Hollywood returns us to a time when the price of admission was cheap and the thrills even cheaper. Read more