FilmApe’s review published on Letterboxd:
Spring Breakers has made me realize something that I used to think about all the time, but have recently not thought much about. We as film fans exist in a very small and personal world. While film fans like us generally go to the theater with knowledge of what we will be seeing, the average Joe/Jane doesn't have a clue. Now I surround myself with people that either know a lot about film, or at least respect film in some capacity, so I am pretty clueless when it comes to people who have no idea, or who simply don't care, about movies. If film classes have taught me anything, it is that even within groups of people who consider themselves film fans, I am still alone in my own little world. Now I bring this up not to be like - oh look at me - even though I'm sure I'm coming off as a total greater-than-thou wanker (which I always seem to do in film classes) right now. No, I bring this up to address the fact that I have no idea how the average Joe/Jane would view Spring Breaker, because I am completely out of touch which seemingly most people on this planet.
Now as for myself, I thought Spring Breakers was a real trip. It is Harmony Korine applying Malick film techniques to modern pop culture, and it is every bit as amazing as that sounds. The film looks amazing, has amazing locations, is a pretty amazing commentary on growing up in a time in which apathy is widespread, and in general is just pretty amazing. Of course, Harmony Korine takes a whole lot of time to indulge in visuals and just the usual Harmony Korine stuff, but I wouldn't want it any other way.
There were a bunch of pre-teen girls that got kicked out the theatre before the movie started, but a bunch more were able to sneak in after that incident. I really have no idea what they would have thought of the movie. I mean, the editing/narrative style on display here is one that seems to make people uncomfortable, or simply just irritate people (see every Malick film after Days of Heaven). While I have established that I am really clueless when it comes to other people and how they view movies, I can say that I doubt any of these preteen girls will be interested in going to an actual Spring break after watching Spring Breakers. But who really knows, these pre-teen girls could already be so apathetic that the hedonism on display might have looked like fun to them.