Summer Storm (Sommersturm) Reviews

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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
May 19, 2006
Its coming-of-age yarn goes nowhere beyond inevitably out of a closet.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
May 12, 2006
It's sunny and frothy, with odd laugh-out-loud moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
May 10, 2006
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.
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
March 31, 2006
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
March 30, 2006
While it has little in it that hasn't been covered by other coming-out movies, it's pleasant enough.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
March 24, 2006
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
March 24, 2006
Equal parts earnest and endearing, Bavarian director Marco Kreuzpaintner's gay romance tackles its adolescent heartaches with unusual compassion.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
March 24, 2006
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
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Nathan Lee
New York Times
March 23, 2006
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 | Original Score: 1/5
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
March 23, 2006
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
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
March 23, 2006
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 | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
March 23, 2006
A lovely wallow in the sweaty pains and joys of mostly gay adolescent love.
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Elliott Stein
Village Voice
March 21, 2006
One of the film's major assets is Stadlober's winningly natural performance -- his moody charisma is irresistible.
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Neva Chonin
San Francisco Chronicle
March 17, 2006
Though the characters and plot are all paint-by-numbers, Summer Storm is still a fairly charming look at what it's like for a typical teen jock to admit he's not so typical, after all.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Dennis Harvey
Variety
March 17, 2006
Tale of a high-school rowing team's captain going through major changes during a week-long training retreat is routine in some aspects, but compensates via psychologically sharp writing and performances.
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Noel Murray
AV Club
March 15, 2006
Someone should tell the poor guy that being gay doesn't have to mean being this lame.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Time Out
February 9, 2006