Goldbach fills the story with too many distractions, but Dennings, known for "Nick and Nora's Infinite Playlist," is feline and fun.
| Original Score: 3/5
"Daydream Nation" rolls elements of "Juno," "American Beauty," "Donnie Darko" and "Twin Peaks" into a potent blunt.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Worth seeking out...
| Original Score: 3/4
A fitfully engaging effort that is most successful as a performance piece for actors Kat Dennings and Reece Thompson.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Sonic Youth should sue.
| Original Score: 1/5
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.
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.
Caught halfway between comedy and drama, it's a movie that resists definition, for good and for ill.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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.