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.
Sonic Youth should sue.
| Original Score: 1/5
Daydream Nation is a mess, but a gorgeous mess. Come for the flaccid teen distress, stay for the stunning imagery.
| Original Score: C-
Before it completely wears out its welcome, Daydream Nation basically comes off as a watchable teen drama.
| Original Score: 2/4
A fitfully engaging effort that is most successful as a performance piece for actors Kat Dennings and Reece Thompson.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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.
| Original Score: C
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.
All three leads do a good job and the film is visually appealing. As a director, Goldbach shows promise.
| Original Score: 7/10
While not always comfortable in its quaint, quirky skin, it does deliver some intriguing performances and some inventive directorial turns.
| Original Score: 3/5
Goldbach fills the story with too many distractions, but Dennings, known for "Nick and Nora's Infinite Playlist," is feline and fun.
Caught halfway between comedy and drama, it's a movie that resists definition, for good and for ill.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Worth seeking out...
| Original Score: 3/4
"Daydream Nation" rolls elements of "Juno," "American Beauty," "Donnie Darko" and "Twin Peaks" into a potent blunt.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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.
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.
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.
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.
An alternately heady and queasy portrait of a small town slipping into madness.
| Original Score: 3.5/4