• Unrated, 1 hr. 56 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:    Gita Pullapilly , Aron Gaudet
  • In Theaters:    May 2, 2014 Limited
  • On DVD:    Oct 13, 2014
  • Tribeca Film

Beneath The Harvest Sky Reviews

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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
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
Top Critic
May 8, 2014

The languid pace effectively communicates the characters' crushing boredom, yet the dramatic interest never flags.

Ty Burr
Boston Globe
Top Critic
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
Stephen Holden
New York Times
Top Critic
May 1, 2014

For all its missteps, the film feels authentic. Through thick and thin, it stubbornly maintains a thorny integrity.

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-
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
AV Club
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-
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
Zachary Wigon
Village Voice
Top Critic
April 29, 2014

Gaudet and Pullapilly have a background in documentaries, and there's a convincing naturalism to their storytelling.

Peter Debruge
Variety
Top Critic
March 14, 2014

Beneath the Harvest Sky offers a heartbreakingly authentic, vividly realized account of adolescent frustration and yearning.

Boyd van Hoeij
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic
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.


Globe and Mail
Top Critic
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
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
Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
Top Critic
April 30, 2014

Teenagers in a dead-end town aren't exactly a trailblazing topic.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
Nick Schager
Village Voice
Top Critic
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
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
October 7, 2013

...filmmakers Aron Gaudet and Gita Pullapilly offer up a central character, in the form of Cohen's Casper, that couldn't possibly be more unlikable...

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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