• Unrated, 1 hr. 22 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Eliza Hittman
    In Theaters:
    Mar 21, 2014 Limited
  • Varience Films


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It Felt Like Love Reviews

Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
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Hittman draws attention to the pervasive cultural forces (rap music, Internet pornography, suggestive dancing on TV) that present young girls as sexual objects, making the scenes of exploitation seem sadly inevitable.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

April 3, 2014
Inkoo Kang
Los Angeles Times
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Rarely has the zone between girlhood and womanhood been captured with such urgent honesty than in Eliza Hittman's superb teen drama "It Felt Like Love."

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March 27, 2014
Sara Stewart
New York Post
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Gorgeously shot in Brooklyn's beachfront neighborhoods and devoid of easy sentimentality, "It Felt Like Love" features realistic performances all around, understandable given the cast of mostly first-time actors.

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

March 20, 2014
Ella Taylor
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It Felt Like Love doesn't exactly have a plot, which feels absolutely right for a film whose elliptical yet intensely focused visual style seem to flow directly from Lila's consciousness.

Full Review Source: NPR

March 20, 2014
Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
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A mood poem to summer loving and sexual awakening, "It Felt Like Love" powerfully evokes a time when flesh is paramount, and peer behavior is the standard by which we judge our own.

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March 20, 2014
Chuck Wilson
Village Voice
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In her pitch-perfect feature film debut, writer-director Eliza Hittman explores the terrible uncertainties of adolescence, and in the process reclaims the word "girls" for its rightful owners.

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March 18, 2014
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York
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The filmmaker has fallen for some of indiedom's worst clichés, including our main character's sad stare out to the ocean, and soft camerawork that's beginning to sound like a Klaxon: Hug me, hug me, hug me.

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

March 18, 2014
John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
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A convincing tale of a too-early coming of age gets strong performances from a cast of newcomers.

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March 17, 2014
Richard Brody
New Yorker
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Eliza Hittman's first feature brings bracing insight and intimacy to the familiar subject of a teen-ager's sexual awakening ...

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November 11, 2013
Alissa Simon
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An evocatively shot, rawly unsentimental coming-of-ager from debut helmer Eliza Hittman.

Full Review Source: Variety

January 22, 2013
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