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Detroit Free Press:
While the movie's young lovers happen to be female, this is not a story of forbidden fervor, but one that effectively captures the first flush of teenage infatuation and passion that will resonate with anyone, of any sex.
It is at once a beautiful work of artifice and a convincing reflection of life's messy ambiguities. Aesthetically contained, morally uncertain.
My Summer of Love remains stubbornly stalled between 'artistic' lesbian hubba-hubba and such tougher fare as Peter Jackson's superior Heavenly Creatures.
Los Angeles Times:
[Pawlikowski has] created a most provocative love story, about two people who will never forget each other, but not for anything like the reasons they initially imagine.
My Summer of Love is willfully romantic -- and just as smart about the dangers in that.
To call this movie a lesbian love story, or a coming-of-age movie, would be unforgivably reductive.
A portrait of adolescence at its most innocent -- and most resilient.
Its title may promise sweet, gauzy wistfulness. But there's a gritty astringency to director Pawel Pawlikowski's shape-shifting story of romance between two teenage girls in northern England.
No friendship is ever quite as consuming as one between two adolescent girls, and My Summer of Love very quickly moves on into dangerous Heavenly Creatures territory.
New York Daily News:
Pawel Pawlikowski is helped by his young leads, who make a memorable impact in this unsettling romance.
New York Times:
Pawel Pawlikowski's lovely film tells a modest story. But it is a triumph of mood and implication.
New York Observer:
Turns out to be a triumph of unexpectedness in its slimmed-down story of two teenage girls, one middle-to-lower-class, and the other upper-class.
My Summer of Love is one of those promising little gems that comes along and gets lost in the hype generated by Hollywood's flood of blockbusters.
Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Not surprisingly for a project that relied so heavily on the actors' input, the characters are complex and intricately drawn.
Pawlikowski doesn't spend much time explaining his characters or telling us why they do what they do, and that's exactly why they remain so compelling.
Sometimes predictable and cliched, occasionally even dull, but worth watching because of the performances of newcomers Natalie Press and Emily Blunt.
Slowly evolves into an oddly affecting mood piece about lost girl-ness.
For all its melodramatic excesses, My Summer remains highly watchable throughout.