The Myth Of The American Sleepover Reviews

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David Noh
Film Journal International
July 26, 2011
"Sleepover" may very well describe audience reaction to this soporific, unoriginal teen study.
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
July 23, 2011
A one-of-a-kind teen movie, which captures that distinctive moment in adolescent life when nostalgia, loss and anxiety begin to populate one's consciousness with ghosts.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
July 22, 2011
I can sympathize with the need to connect with teen audiences without having to resort to the usual antics, but the answer is not to swap the real world for a patently fake one.
Kam Williams
NewsBlaze
July 22, 2011
A talky, tortoise-paced teensploit which teases far more than it titillates.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media
July 22, 2011
Moody exploration of teen social lives; lots of drinking.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
July 22, 2011
While there is some sense of the complex dynamics that propel all teen parties, the pacing drags in a way a summer night never should.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
July 21, 2011
David Robert Mitchell's auspicious debut feature owes a lot to "Dazed and Confused" and other coming-of-age flicks, but it's an engaging piece of filmmaking on its own, beautifully shot and acted.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
July 21, 2011
A coming-of-age movie that evokes the teenage experience through minor, incisive observation, then leaves without making anything so conspicuous as a statement.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
July 21, 2011
What Mr. Mitchell gets splendidly right in this quiet, observant film, is the unsteady mixture of sophistication and na´vetÚ that is central to the modern American teenage way of being in the world.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Michelle Orange
Movieline
July 21, 2011
It looks more like your teenage world than such films generally allow, and it's not pretty. It's beautiful.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Kate Messer
Austin Chronicle
July 21, 2011
It's sweet and sticky and frisky and true to the awkwardness of adolescence, but with a healthy dose of tenderness.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
July 20, 2011
Mitchell has an 
 ear for the tentativeness of adolescence, the way that everyone is trying on postures, attitudes, selves.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Mike D'Angelo
AV Club
July 20, 2011
Slightly clumsy but hugely endearing.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Rob Nelson
Variety
July 20, 2011
Well-intentioned but derivative and only intermittently engaging, the suburban Michigan-set indie hits at least as many false notes as true ones.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
July 20, 2011
A lovely, gentle and very true film set on a long night in a small Michigan city at the end of summer.
John Gholson
Cinematical
July 20, 2011
The limitations of a low budget and the relative inexperience.of the cast and crew don't mean much when they've crafted something this emotionally authentic.
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Andrew Wallenstein
Hollywood Reporter
July 20, 2011
Sleepover is less a fully realized artistic expression than an able reworking of a well-worn genre.
Howard Feinstein
Screen International
July 20, 2011
Few US indie films since Michael Lehmann's Heathers have shown the originality of The Myth of the American Sleepover, David Robert Mitchell's poignant debut feature.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
July 20, 2011
The young director, whose day job is editing commercials, has never made a narrative feature-length movie before and shows no aptitude for it here.
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
July 19, 2011
Mitchell seems trapped in an unspecified '90s-ish retro zone, and you wonder how good his sleepovers really were.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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