My Summer of Love 2004

Critics score:
90 / 100

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Terry Lawson, 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. Read more

Ellen Fox, Chicago Tribune: It's all very mesmerizing, for them and us. Read more

Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times: Remember these names; remember this strange, lovely movie. Read more

Ruthe Stein, San Francisco Chronicle: My Summer of Love had me at hello. Read more

Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper: Very good performances ... Read more

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Kerry Lengel, Arizona Republic: It is at once a beautiful work of artifice and a convincing reflection of life's messy ambiguities. Aesthetically contained, morally uncertain. Read more

Ty Burr, Boston Globe: My Summer of Love remains stubbornly stalled between 'artistic' lesbian hubba-hubba and such tougher fare as Peter Jackson's superior Heavenly Creatures. Read more

Kenneth Turan, 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. Read more

Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post: My Summer of Love is willfully romantic -- and just as smart about the dangers in that. Read more

Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly: An austerely heightened tale of sensual anxiety. Read more

Philip Wuntch, Dallas Morning News: Exquisitely acted, directed and photographed. Read more

Ella Taylor, L.A. Weekly: To call this movie a lesbian love story, or a coming-of-age movie, would be unforgivably reductive. Read more

Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald: A portrait of adolescence at its most innocent -- and most resilient. Read more

Gene Seymour, Newsday: 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. Read more

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Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger: 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. Read more

Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News: Pawel Pawlikowski is helped by his young leads, who make a memorable impact in this unsettling romance. Read more

A.O. Scott, New York Times: Pawel Pawlikowski's lovely film tells a modest story. But it is a triumph of mood and implication. Read more

Andrew Sarris, 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. Read more

Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel: A perfectly diverting, perfectly forgettable summer fling. Read more

James Berardinelli, ReelViews: 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. Read more

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times: This isn't a coming-of-age movie so much as a movie about being of an age. Read more

Jeff Strickler, Minneapolis Star Tribune: Not surprisingly for a project that relied so heavily on the actors' input, the characters are complex and intricately drawn. Read more

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Jennie Punter, Globe and Mail: It is a truly refreshing grown-up big-screen film. Read more

Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star: 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. Read more

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Claudia Puig, USA Today: Sometimes predictable and cliched, occasionally even dull, but worth watching because of the performances of newcomers Natalie Press and Emily Blunt. Read more

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Michael Atkinson, Village Voice: Slowly evolves into an oddly affecting mood piece about lost girl-ness. Read more

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Desson Thomson, Washington Post: For all its melodramatic excesses, My Summer remains highly watchable throughout. Read more

Stephen Hunter, Washington Post: A remarkable if brief entrance into real psychologies. Read more