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Daydream Nation (2011)



Average Rating: 5.7/10
Critic Reviews: 10
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 4

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Seventeen-year-old Caroline Wexler (KAT DENNINGS) is facing a teenager's nightmare: her widowed father has moved them from the big city to a tiny town in the middle of nowhere. When Caroline realizes she has nothing in common with the burnout losers in her new school she pursues the one person with who excites her interest - her handsome young teacher, Mr. Anderson (JOSH LUCAS). A bizarre love triangle ensues between Caroline, Mr. Anderson, and a sweet, but troubled classmate (REECE THOMPSON).


Drama, Romance, Comedy

May 17, 2011

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Goldbach fills the story with too many distractions, but Dennings, known for "Nick and Nora's Infinite Playlist," is feline and fun.

May 7, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Comment (1)
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"Daydream Nation" rolls elements of "Juno," "American Beauty," "Donnie Darko" and "Twin Peaks" into a potent blunt.

May 6, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Worth seeking out...

May 6, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Post
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A fitfully engaging effort that is most successful as a performance piece for actors Kat Dennings and Reece Thompson.

May 5, 2011 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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It's a film about teen angst that's too caught up in its characters' state of mind to see its way through to the other side.

May 5, 2011 Full Review Source: AV Club
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Sonic Youth should sue.

May 3, 2011 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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All three leads do a good job and the film is visually appealing. As a director, Goldbach shows promise.

March 25, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
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The goodwill that the charming Dennings has built up in earlier films, such as 40-Year-Old Virgin and Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, doesn't excuse this role.

May 26, 2011 Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly
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An alternately heady and queasy portrait of a small town slipping into madness.

May 11, 2011 Full Review Source: eye WEEKLY

Director/writer Mike Goldbach's first half of the film is engaging ..., suspenseful (who is the "man in the white suit?"-with a delectable shade of grey served up red herring style) and masterfully balanced.

May 9, 2011 Full Review Source: JWR

While not always comfortable in its quaint, quirky skin, it does deliver some intriguing performances and some inventive directorial turns.

May 6, 2011 Full Review Source: PopMatters

Daydream Nation is a mess, but a gorgeous mess. Come for the flaccid teen distress, stay for the stunning imagery.

May 5, 2011 Full Review Source:

There are times when you can lose yourself in its shabby surrealism. But there are so many movies that are like Daydream Nation, there's little it can do to surprise you with its dramatic impact.

April 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
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Before it completely wears out its welcome, Daydream Nation basically comes off as a watchable teen drama.

September 19, 2010 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Comments (2)
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Audience Reviews for Daydream Nation

Everything you don't want to happen to youre daughter or if you a teacher in this film,, why do we always blame the teacher. 3 stars 12-2-12
December 11, 2012
Bruce Bruce

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I've noticed a trend with movies these days that deal with teenage girls with much older men, and that's to make the teenage girl seem mature beyond her years and "in control". Meanwhile, reducing the older man to a sniveling, whiny, pathetic little boy is supposed to make it less creepy?? Wrong, doesn't make it less creepy. This subject can be done well, like American Beauty, but this one misses the mark by a landslide. Go watch (or re-watch) American Beauty instead!
May 7, 2012

Super Reviewer

Hmmm... It was okay. Something about it didn't quite grab me, but it was an interesting film and I can't find any real flaw with it.
Cast are all fine. Kat Dennings in particular is good here as a rebellious and manipulative teen.
Worth a watch, but not something I would watch again in a hurry.
January 21, 2012

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Since I know that Kat Dennings starred in this movie, I really looking forward to see it.. And after what I saw for almost 100 minutes, I must say I'm impressed with Kat Dennings performances.. She is one of my favorite young actress right now and I think she could have a great career in the future.. The other cast also did a good job like Reece Thompson, Andie MacDowell, and Josh Lucas.. Even the story is related to drugs, affair, etc., but I enjoyed watching it..
September 27, 2011
Sanjaya 丘耀文

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    1. Caroline Wexler: People will tell you nothing matters, the whole world will about end soon anyway, but those people look the life in wrong way. I mean, things don't need to last forever to be perfect.
    – Submitted by Daphiny L (2 years ago)
    1. Rolly: If you believe in love you have to believe in fate.
    – Submitted by lee c (3 years ago)
    1. Caroline Wexler: Things don't need to last forever to be perfect.
    – Submitted by lee c (3 years ago)
    1. Caroline Wexler: Things don't need to last forever to be perfect.
    – Submitted by diane a (3 years ago)
    1. Caroline Wexler: The sexual revolution is like any other revolution: there's going to be casualties.
    – Submitted by Derek L (3 years ago)
    1. Caroline Wexler: I'm the main character of my life!
    – Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
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