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Daydream Nation Reviews

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Rob Boylan
Orlando Weekly

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.

Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly

May 26, 2011
Nick Schager
Time Out New York
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Sonic Youth should sue.

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

May 3, 2011
Brian Orndorf

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

Full Review Source: | Original Score: C-

May 5, 2011
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

Before it completely wears out its welcome, Daydream Nation basically comes off as a watchable teen drama.

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 2/4

September 19, 2010
Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
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A fitfully engaging effort that is most successful as a performance piece for actors Kat Dennings and Reece Thompson.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

May 5, 2011
Keith Phipps
AV Club
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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.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: C

May 5, 2011
Ernest Hardy
Village Voice
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Another film in which on-screen teens, especially the nubile femme fatale at the center, are but vessels to showcase the screenwriter's irony-drenched, self-satisfied intellect.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

May 3, 2011
Matt Joseph
We Got This Covered

All three leads do a good job and the film is visually appealing. As a director, Goldbach shows promise.

Full Review Source: We Got This Covered | Original Score: 7/10

March 25, 2013
Bill Gibron

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

Full Review Source: PopMatters | Original Score: 3/5

May 6, 2011
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/5

May 7, 2011
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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Caught halfway between comedy and drama, it's a movie that resists definition, for good and for ill.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 14, 2011
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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Worth seeking out...

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3/4

May 6, 2011
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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"Daydream Nation" rolls elements of "Juno," "American Beauty," "Donnie Darko" and "Twin Peaks" into a potent blunt.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

May 6, 2011

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.

Full Review Source: JWR | Original Score: 3.5/5

May 9, 2011
Joe Leydon
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Charged with alternating currents of teen angst, sardonic wit, nervous dread and impudent sensuality, Daydream Nation suggests Juno as reimagined by David Lynch, or a funnier, sunnier Donnie Darko.

Full Review Source: Variety

September 22, 2010
Jim Slotek
Jam! Movies

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.

Full Review Source: Jam! Movies | Original Score: 3/5

April 15, 2011
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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To a large degree, the film is a platform for Dennings, with her young-but-wise blend of vulnerability and take-charge brashness that make her an utterly plausible magnet for sensitive dudes.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3/4

April 22, 2011
Jason Anderson

An alternately heady and queasy portrait of a small town slipping into madness.

Full Review Source: eye WEEKLY | Original Score: 3/5

May 11, 2011

NOW Toronto

Full Review Source: NOW Toronto | Original Score: 3/5

September 15, 2010

National Post

Full Review Source: National Post | Original Score: 3.5/4

July 15, 2011
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