YMMV / Spring Breakers

  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: Quite a couple in the movie, such as the girls's oral gunplay with Alien or the Britney Spears montage.
  • Critical Dissonance: It seems most people don't like to share the critics' views, whose 65% on Rotten Tomatoes is contrasted with that community's 51% and IMDB's 5.3/10.
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: It's already introduced in the beginning that there are no genuinely nice people in this film, but by the time Faith and Cotty are Put On The Bus, there seems to be no more redeemable people left. And with bridges dropped everywhere in a Kill 'em All sequence, the only people left are a pair of Manipulative Karma Houdinis.
  • Dawson Casting: Of the four lead actresses, only 20 year old Selena Gomez is strictly the right age to play a college undergrad. Vanessa Hudgens and Ashley Benson are borderline cases at 24 and 23, respectively, while Rachel Korine is 27.
    • Though since college age is not concrete like high school, one could say that there is no Dawson Casting involved
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Even people who don't particularly care for the movie very much enjoyed Selena Gomez's performance as Faith, mainly for her Nice Girl status and surprisingly strong performance (for those who prejudged her due to her Disney roles, anyways)
  • Most Annoying Sound: Alien's "Spring break, forever" will NOT please you after hearing that many times...
  • Narm: Alien and girls terrorizing other spring breakers while the Britney Spears song plays in the background is supposed to be a disturbing juxtaposition. What makes the scene this are the weird things they do such as shoving a person's face in a cake and the facial expressions they give just makes it too funny. Could also count as Narm Charm.
  • Nausea Fuel: Some of the shots can have this effect on people.
  • Spiritual Adaptation: It's either the best adaptation of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City ever made, or a deconstruction of such. It's got the Florida setting, the neon-drenched style that heavily evokes The '80s (despite being set in the present day), the sociopathic Villain Protagonists running headfirst across the Moral Event Horizon because "spring break, bitches!", and the winking self-awareness of its own "gangsta" attitude.
  • Tearjerker: Faith's breakdown about halfway through the movie is pretty sad, as she keeps weeping about how she wants to go home and begs her friends to come with her. They don't.
    • Cotty's Shower of Angst after getting shot in the arm, followed up by her going back home.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: The conflict and past between Alien and Archie would have made for some good Character Development for the former, but the movie doesn't do much with that in favor of the girls' exploits.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: Cotty. While her Shower of Angst is meant to be a Tearjerker as mentioned above, a lot of fans felt indifferent at best considering she happily went along with every thing the group was doing up until it had some negative ramifications on her.