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Beneath The Harvest Sky Reviews

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Jared Mobarak
The Film Stage
March 7, 2016
While we're never surprised at the outcomes, we're satisfied because few if any notes ring false.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Dustin Putman
TheFilmFile.com
October 20, 2014
The performances in "Beneath the Harvest Sky" are better than the movie itself, an exceedingly derivative teen melodrama that too often loses focus and meanders off on lugubrious tangents with its criminal subplots.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Ron Wilkinson
It's Just Movies
June 19, 2014
A story that unfolds nearly as slowly as the potatoes ripen in the fields, the charismatic performances of the two young leads make all the difference.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Zach Hollwedel
Under the Radar
May 19, 2014
Casper and Dominic are modern everymen -- theirs are not at all unique experiences, which is why their story resounds so loudly.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
May 8, 2014
The languid pace effectively communicates the characters' crushing boredom, yet the dramatic interest never flags.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
May 8, 2014
While the climax of Beneath the Harvest Sky is a jumble of crosscutting, thunderstorms, and an inconveniently collapsing house, the movie never loses the pulse of people and tragedies it knows too well.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
May 1, 2014
For all its missteps, the film feels authentic. Through thick and thin, it stubbornly maintains a thorny integrity.
Andrew Crump
Movie Mezzanine
May 1, 2014
Beneath the Harvest Sky never finds a proper balance between its two halves. They never cohere properly, and the results pitch and lurch rather than harmonize.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Casey Cipriani
Movie Mezzanine
May 1, 2014
An authentic representation of teenage angst. Beneath the Harvest Sky offers a genuine view of what it's like to grow up in rural poverty.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Top Critic
May 1, 2014
Directors Aron Gaudet and Gita Pullapilly are documentarians making their fiction debut, and they pack the movie with seemingly authentic, nitty-gritty details about life in the potato country of far northern Maine.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
April 30, 2014
Teenagers in a dead-end town aren't exactly a trailblazing topic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Nikola Grozdanovic
The Playlist
April 30, 2014
Their leap from fact to fiction doesn't come without a few stumbles on the way, but Gaudet and Pullapilly effectively symbolize a generation that has one foot on the gas and both eyes closed, and if you can appreciate that, your time will not be wasted.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Glenn Dunks
Film Experience
April 29, 2014
[T]his exploration of male youth lacks a truthfulness to make it stand out. The story of these boys doesn't feel special or unique ... the weight of their situation doesn't feel earned.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Zachary Wigon
Village Voice
April 29, 2014
Gaudet and Pullapilly have a background in documentaries, and there's a convincing naturalism to their storytelling.
Nick Prigge
Slant Magazine
April 27, 2014
It flourishes in the spaces between the plot's necessary setups and subsequent payoffs, which is nearly enough to redeem the film if not for the narrative going belly up in the third act.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Nick Schager
Village Voice
April 24, 2014
A film that ultimately comes across like the formulaic stepson of Frozen River, Winter's Bone, and countless other rundown-rural-community character studies.
Mike D'Angelo
The Dissolve
April 22, 2014
Harvest Sky [has an] overall familiarity, embodied by two lead performances that aren't nearly as specific and detailed as the milieu they inhabit.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Peter Debruge
Variety
March 14, 2014
Beneath the Harvest Sky offers a heartbreakingly authentic, vividly realized account of adolescent frustration and yearning.
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Boyd van Hoeij
Hollywood Reporter
March 14, 2014
The film offers a solid sense of place and Gaudet and Pullapilly expertly use the jittery camerawork of Steven Calitri to infuse the proceedings with a nervy energy.
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Globe and Mail
March 14, 2014
Performances are strong, if a bit Method-y, and camera work from veteran documentary filmmakers Aron Gaudet and Gita Pullapilly is top notch, though the schematic plot feels over-familiar.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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