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My Summer of Love (2004)


Average Rating: 7.4/10
Reviews Counted: 87
Fresh: 78
Rotten: 9

Critics Consensus: My Summer of Love is a moody, bittersweet love story featuring outstanding performances from the leads.

Average Rating: 7.7/10
Reviews Counted: 33
Fresh: 32
Rotten: 1

Critics Consensus: My Summer of Love is a moody, bittersweet love story featuring outstanding performances from the leads.


Average Rating: 3.5/5
User Ratings: 11,169


Movie Info

Two 16-year olds spending one long, hot English summer together in Yorkshire. Mona is a tough Northern lass whose spiky exterior hides an untapped intelligence and a yearning for something beyond the emptiness of her daily life. Tamsin is well educated, cynical and spoiled, and, unlike Mona, incapable of love. At first Mona and Tamsin's distinctly opposite cultures, backgrounds and characters cause them not to understand or trust each other, but gradually these differences lead to mutual … More

R (for sexuality, language and some drug use)
Drama , Romance
Directed By:
Written By:
Michael Wynne , Pawel Pawlikowski
In Theaters:
Oct 4, 2005
Box Office:
Focus Features - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for My Summer of Love

All Critics (98) | Top Critics (40) | Fresh (78) | Rotten (9) | DVD (17)

A perfectly diverting, perfectly forgettable summer fling.

Full Review… | July 15, 2005
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

Turns out to be a triumph of unexpectedness in its slimmed-down story of two teenage girls, one middle-to-lower-class, and the other upper-class.

Full Review… | July 7, 2005
New York Observer
Top Critic

My Summer of Love is one of those promising little gems that comes along and gets lost in the hype generated by Hollywood's flood of blockbusters.

Full Review… | July 5, 2005
Top Critic

The film reaches a point of high drama, for sure, but when Edith Piaf's voice rises over the final minutes, the gothic climax curls into a wicked grin.

Full Review… | June 5, 2008
Paste Magazine

...there's little doubt that the film is occasionally just a little too uneventful for its own good.

Full Review… | March 19, 2008
Reel Film Reviews

Pawlikowski does such a great job of establishing a sense of youthful carelessness that we're sucked into Mona's summer adventure.

Full Review… | August 19, 2005
Kansas City Star

A movie you seem to watch through translucent eyelids...

August 5, 2005
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Torrid eroticism tinged by a sense of menace . . . circles around its complex, conflicted characters before plunging into their dark feelings and hidden half-truths.

July 21, 2005
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

Pawel Pawlikowski's open and poetic new film proves without a shadow of a doubt that his stunning Last Resort from 2000 was no fluke.

Full Review… | July 21, 2005

Engaging arthouse coming-of-age drama.

Full Review… | July 16, 2005
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

One of those depressing, angst-and- lust-driven films the British do so well, or poorly, depending on your tolerance for this sort of thing.

Full Review… | July 16, 2005
Boston Herald

Slight and predictable at its core.

Full Review… | July 14, 2005
Orlando Weekly

any time the film deals with religion, it slips from introspection into near caricature

Full Review… | July 10, 2005
Q Network Film Desk

Despite the predictable collision course between Tasmin and Phil, this is a remarkable film.

Full Review… | July 7, 2005

Coupled with...picturesque cinematography, Press and Blunt's natural performances communicate a palpable sense of the summer's heat and the hazy days of adolescence and ardor.

Full Review… | July 6, 2005
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

When compared with most of what passes for honest teen drama these days, My Summer of Love is a real reprieve.

Full Review… | July 5, 2005
Austin Chronicle

As coming-of-age stories go, My Summer Of Love is far more provocative and mysterious than most.

Full Review… | July 1, 2005
Jam! Movies

Audience Reviews for My Summer of Love

Well, im not 100% sure as to why this is a really liked movie, i didn't think there was very much too it, a compulsive liar, another one who is a bit rebellious fall in love, small town so cant keep it a secret so it doesnt last hence the title! I mean theres not a lot going on so i dont know why its such a big hit! Emily Blunt is great but i think her talents are wasted in this pointless gay interest drama!

Film Crazy

Super Reviewer

Alienated by her brother's conversion to born-again Christianity, a young woman finds companionship and love with an equally abandoned upper class girl.
The highlights of this film are the performances by the leads, Natalie Press, the always exceptional Emily Blunt, and the woefully under-used Paddy Constantine. Each actor is believable and gives a compelling performance. Though I'm partial to Constantine, who had the greatest challenge in making what could have been farcical real, Blunt and Press are both alluring and tortured.
I did have problems with the film's story and direction. The story is so lackadaisical and slowly built that whatever energy the actors and the story's inherit conflict could engender was dissipated. Also, the camera randomly jump-zoomed on certain actors at rare times. I didn't understand the motivation for it -- it seemed like a child had pressed a button he shouldn't have.
Overall, when the film held my attention, it was because of the actors' work, but had the director picked up the pace, I think My Summer of Love would have been an excellent film.

Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

My Summer of Love is comparable to Peter Jackson's Heavenly Creatures in some ways. Both movies are about two unhappy, bored teenage girls (played here by Emily Blunt and Natalie Press) from wildly different backgrounds who meet and quickly form an intense bond because of their sense of humor and intelligence, and their lack of similarity to those around them.

And also like Heavenly Creatures, the threat of the two girls being separated spurs some rather dark consequences for several people.

I liked My Summer of Love, but it was a fair distance from perfect. The camera work was needlessly busy and distracting, and it took me the majority of the movie to get used to it. And it's a little slow at times. It also seemed like the story was a little muddled. Ambiguous or open-ended stories are fine, but Summer of Love veered towards frustration once or twice.

The best parts of the movie were Emily Blunt, Natalie Press, and Paddy Considine. They're really the only main characters, and each of them does an excellent job portraying flawed people.

Lewis C.

Super Reviewer


"Apparently I'm a bad influence on people."

In the Yorkshire countryside, working-class tomboy Mona (Press) meets the exotic, pampered Tasmin (Blunt). Over the summer season, the two young women discover they have much to teach one another, and much to explore together.

Polish-born director Pawel Pawlikowski's second fiction feature, freely adapted by the director and Michael Wynne from a novel by Helen Cross, is a disarming story of two young women of very disparate backgrounds colliding into a risky, beguiling affair. At the beginning of the titular summer in a Yorkshire town, Mona (Natalie Press) hasn't a lot to look forward to: Her partner in carnal relations has thrown her off, and her brother (the increasingly reliable Paddy Considine) has come out of prison born-again; we first see him emptying liquor bottles in the pub he and Mona inherited from their parents, the better to convert the spot into a Christian meeting place. One day, toddling about on her engineless scooter, the bright-eyed blond meets the almost Vichy Tamsin (Emily Blunt), whose fairy-tale appeal is enhanced by the fact that she lives in a veritable castle, complete with neglectful parents. The two become passionate friends, then more. Beautifully acted by the two leads and filled with astonishingly enacted and acutely observed instances of the kind of magic that happens when two people get lost in each other (even when what they're getting lost in isn't the "real" person), this is as wonderfully realized an observation of female affinity as 1999's great The Dreamlife of Angels.

Lorenzo von Matterhorn

Super Reviewer

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