Charlie Morris’s review published on Letterboxd:
I really don't know what to think about Spring Breakers; for the first half the film I thought that it was so far from reality that it was just ridiculous, but as soon as that Britney Spears song came on I was in awe. Now, the more I think about it the more I love it. I just know that wasn't the case at the time.
Spring Breakers is the type of film that you can't take seriously in the slightest, but sometimes that just impossible to do. My problem with the film at the beginning was that the teenagers it was depicting were so unbelievable that I couldn't get into it. Once you get past that, however, it really is fantastic.
The four main girls are played by Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson, and Rachel Korine, who are all actually kind of perfect in their roles. Hudgens didn't ruin the film for me as I thought she would, as I found it hard to like her character in Sucker Punch after her High School Musical days, but instead I was put off by Gomez, though there was no surprise there, either, really. I'm not sure why she was advertised so much though, because for the small screen time she had all she did was cry on the phone. I get that she has a huge teen fan base for whom she has to be a role model to, but why cast her if she can't do more than have a cheeky cigarette? I guess her character was needed as not everybody would go so easily along with the ride as the others did, but it just didn't need a celebrity like Gomez in the role to show that, I think.
And then, of course, we have to mention James Franco. Whoever thought to cast him in the role needs a big high five, as it was because of his character that I got so into the film.
Beautifully shot with whispery voice-overs, Spring Breakers is a film that will drag you in whether you want it to or not. Considering its premise alongside that, it's perfect in its execution from its use of slow motion, dark comedy, and its performances.