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Summer Storm (Sommersturm) Reviews

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Don Willmott

Don't let the trailer mislead you. Summer Storm is not some sort of supersexy European art film. It's kids being kids, and you've outgrown summer camp.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2/5

September 18, 2006
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune

Kreuzpaintner junks up this simple gay coming-of-age story with too many subplots and sitcomlike situations.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

May 26, 2006
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

There are at least a couple of disparate movies fighting for control in Summer Storm.

Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City | Original Score: 2/4

May 26, 2006
Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
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Its coming-of-age yarn goes nowhere beyond inevitably out of a closet.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

May 19, 2006
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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It's sunny and frothy, with odd laugh-out-loud moments.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 4/5

May 12, 2006
Laura Kelly
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Humor, toned bods, a mellow soundtrack and far too much predictability are the highlights and lowlight of Summer Storm.

| Original Score: 2/4

May 11, 2006
Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
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This gay coming-of-age film from Germany ultimately has few original aspects, but it is an intelligently wrought drama that makes it a respectable entry in the genre.

May 10, 2006
John Hartl
Seattle Times
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Stadlober, a young Austrian actor cast in the leading role, is charming enough to survive most of the movie's labored attempts to lighten up.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 31, 2006
Bill White
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Recommended for its endearing performances, captivating locations and a poppy soundtrack that amiably underscores the bubbly sensuality of a summer in the sun.

Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer | Original Score: C+

March 30, 2006
Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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While it has little in it that hasn't been covered by other coming-out movies, it's pleasant enough.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: C+

March 30, 2006
Jan Stuart
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Kreutzpainter limns his multifarious characters with an amiable, unforced humor and an authentic feel for the ways in which good kids respond to peer pressure with less-than-admirable behavior.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 3/4

March 24, 2006
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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Equal parts earnest and endearing, Bavarian director Marco Kreuzpaintner's gay romance tackles its adolescent heartaches with unusual compassion.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 24, 2006
V.A. Musetto
New York Post
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The slo-mo opening, accompanied by sappy music, tells you everything you need to know about Summer Storm, an uninspired gay coming-of-age import from Germany.

| Original Score: 1/4

March 24, 2006
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune

'Coming out' films are now rituals, patterned like dances, and Marco Kreuzpaintner's Summer Storm hits its generic marks.

Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

March 24, 2006
Nathan Lee
New York Times
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Summer Storm is another of those soft-core, simple-minded stories about a geeky young gay man (Robert Stadlober as Tobi) struggling with his sexuality over the course of a long, hot, sexed-up summer.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 1/5

March 23, 2006
Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
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For a small coming-of-age film, this picture is remarkably well photographed and acted. But the single-mindedness with which it seems determined to have almost everyone rowing in the same sexual direction finally becomes a bit oppressive.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

March 23, 2006
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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Summer Storm is a contemporary teen summer romance with a modern sexual twist -- though in many ways, it's just the same old malarkey.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 1.5/4

March 23, 2006
Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
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A lovely wallow in the sweaty pains and joys of mostly gay adolescent love.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

March 23, 2006
Elliott Stein
Village Voice
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One of the film's major assets is Stadlober's winningly natural performance -- his moody charisma is irresistible.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

March 21, 2006
Timothy Knight

A tonally inconsistent coming-out story that wavers between earnest drama and dopey teen sex comedy.

| Original Score: 1.5/4

March 17, 2006
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