By Kayla Amora, EnStarz | Sep 05, 2012 10:43 PM EDT
Selena Gomez is one of the stars in the new film Spring Breakers. While many have noted the film for Gomez's mature and racy role, reviews for the new film have been largely mixed.
"Some critics found Spring Breakers implausible and pretentious, while others described it as "wild" and "compelling" and a breath of fresh air at a film festival dominated by more serious, sombre cinema," Stuff reported.
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Selena Gomez's new film premiered at the Venice Film Festival on Wednesday. Spring Breakers, directed by Harmony Korine, focuses on 4 wild friends who decide to rob a bank in order to pay for their spring break trip.
Critic, Robbie Collin of the Daily Telegraph, was among those who were not pleased with Gomez's film.
"Beneath its Terry Richardson-esque porn chic surface, Spring Breakers is no racier than a mainstream Hollywood teen comedy, and Korine doesn't seem to know what to do with his film's incredibly timely, potentially dangerous premise," he wrote in his review. He gave the film 3 stars.
According to Stuff, Rachel Korine explained his vision for the film. He wanted to capture the spirit of young adults in today's generation.
"This idea that there is no soul ... with the new generation is not true, but it's just that the soul has morphed.
"It's about kids that are raised on video games, and raised on YouTube clips and raised as television babies, and so the step from watching to doing is sometimes very, very small."
Selena Gomez's role as a wild, bikini-clad party girl in the film was considered a surprising choice for the squeaky clean 20 year-old actress.
"Obviously I know that coming from Disney Channel gives you kind of a brand in a way," Gomez said in Venice.
"People do put a label on you. I know that I have younger fans, and this is an opportunity for myself to kind of grow. It is a little shocking, I think, for the younger audiences ... but I think it was right for me," Gomez continued.
The actress rose to fame with her role as Alex on the Disney Channel show, "Wizards of Waverly Place."
"I did things I didn't even know I could do on the movie and I do think it was because I trusted Harmony."
Spring Breakers also stars Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson, and Rachel Korine.
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