• Unrated, 1 hr. 50 min.
  • Drama, Romance
  • Directed By:
    Benjamin Avila
    In Theaters:
    Jan 11, 2013 Limited
    On DVD:
    May 7, 2013
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Clandestine Childhood Reviews

Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
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Ávila can't quite thread the needle between telling his personal story and connecting it to larger social currents.

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

February 8, 2013
V.A. Musetto
New York Post
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'Clandestine Childhood'' is the impressive first feature by Argentine director Benjamín Avila.

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

January 11, 2013
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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When a filmmaker proves as reluctant as Mr. Ávila to speak up about the past, to engage with its full complexity, it can be hard to hear what he's saying.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

January 10, 2013
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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The calmer scenes are staged in staid and somewhat clunky fashion, but the graphic animation depicting the worst moments is starkly effective.

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

January 10, 2013
David Fear
Time Out New York
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Outré flourishes don't fully lift the story past the limitations of innocence-lost storytelling.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/5

January 9, 2013
Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice
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A charming, involving first feature, Clandestine Childhood muscles its familiar coming-of-age material into something more vibrant and urgent than the usual.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

January 9, 2013
Jay Weissberg
Variety
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The pic has strong moments, but is bogged down by a script that regurgitates standard-issue ideas without finding anything interesting to say.

Full Review Source: Variety

May 22, 2012
Neil Young
Hollywood Reporter
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As is often the case with directors who adapt their own life-histories, there's the sense that Avila is a little too close to his material.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

May 21, 2012
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