Paul (Douglas Reese)’s review published on Letterboxd:
Don't let the criticisms of Gummo fool you. This film, along with Rob Zombie's Halloween films, are genuine representations of a society in the United States that is both shunned and unacknowledged. I've lived it, I can vouch for it, and I can prove it to you.
Korine may have hyperbolized it a bit (with his artistic choices such as bacon on a wall and bunny ears), but the personality traits of the Appalachian area is painfully, hilariously accurate.
It says something, that, when I first watched the film in my teen years, I didn't see anything about it that was unrealistic or sensationalized. It seemed normal to me, while films set in American suburbia felt like some kind of unrealized and unattainable fantasy.