Mathieson’s review published on Letterboxd:
Holy shit. What the fuck did I just watch?
I was bored, so I figured: "Hey, why don't I go see Spring Breakers, not like I'll be losing money if it's terrible." Besides I was surprised by all the high-ratings it was getting on Letterboxd and had to go see it for myself.
So, I went to the theater where I work to go see this and when it was over, one of the guys I work with came in to clean and was like, "How was it?" and I stuttered so much because I was just left speechless.
I eventually was able to tell the guy, "It's...it's pretty...pretty fucked up, but um...yeah, you should see it for yourself." I mean it truly is one of those movies
I was so memorized by the cinematography. There's a variety of colors, a fair share of lens flare (rhyming unintentional), slow motion shots, and tons of beautiful location shots (sunsets, beaches, etc.). But at the same time, I felt like I was being dumbed down--alot--by all the stupid shit I was seeing these characters do.
Spring Breakers is well edited. Often, scenes show flashbacks from moments before, as a character is speaking or misleading their parents to believe that they are good little girls. I loved the sound editing as well. There are moments throughout the film where you hear a gun cock, which I thought was cool because it sort of foreshadows the finale (just to be clear, I don't think guns are cool, I just thought the effect was pretty awesome). Also, the soundtrack is typical of movies of this nature (not a bad thing, in this case), with tons of dubstep, pop, hip-hop, and even a little Brittney Spears.
Surprisingly, Selena Gomez is pretty decent in this. And James Franco ya'll! His character is so generic but he still manages to make it unique. But I can never decide whether or not I like this guy or not. Because he does great characters like this and then goes out and does Oz: The Great and Powerful. I don't think he's that low on money, that he needs to act for a paycheck. I digress.
Overall...as I said before, you kind of just have to see it for yourself.