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The Myth Of The American Sleepover Reviews

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Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy

The film's restraint and reliance on non-professional actors ends up creating something that often feels stilted and unintentionally absurd rather than naturalistic.

Full Review Source: Cinema Autopsy | Original Score: 2.5/5

April 4, 2011
Kam Williams

A talky, tortoise-paced teensploit which teases far more than it titillates.

Full Review Source: NewsBlaze | Original Score: 1/4

July 22, 2011
Jeremy Heilman

The narcoleptic, resigned tone that dominates The Myth of the American Sleepover doesn't make us regret what we've lost. It mostly implies that being young is a major bummer.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 39/100

August 4, 2011
Rob Nelson
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Well-intentioned but derivative and only intermittently engaging, the suburban Michigan-set indie hits at least as many false notes as true ones.

Full Review Source: Variety

July 20, 2011
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

July 20, 2011
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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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 Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/5

July 22, 2011
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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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.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor

July 22, 2011
David Noh
Film Journal International

"Sleepover" may very well describe audience reaction to this soporific, unoriginal teen study.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

July 26, 2011
Derek Malcolm
This is London

Nicely acted, beautifully shot, ultimately disappointing ...

Full Review Source: This is London | Original Score: 3/5

August 31, 2012
Kate Messer
Austin Chronicle

It's sweet and sticky and frisky and true to the awkwardness of adolescence, but with a healthy dose of tenderness.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle

July 21, 2011
John Gholson

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.

Full Review Source: Cinematical

July 20, 2011
Andrew Wallenstein
Hollywood Reporter
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Sleepover is less a fully realized artistic expression than an able reworking of a well-worn genre.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

July 20, 2011
Simon Miraudo

The Myth of the American Sleepover is a minor entry into the genre, but it more than adequately captures that heartbreaking time we all once shared, and leaves us with that feeling of longing ... we still have for it today.

Full Review Source: Quickflix | Original Score: 3.5/5

September 19, 2011
Marc Lee
Daily Telegraph

A likeable cast of unknowns wriggle convincingly through the awkwardness of late adolescence in first-time director David Robert Mitchell's low-key indie drama.

Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph | Original Score: 3/5

August 30, 2012
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

Some of Mitchell's scenes are poignant and insightful, some are a bit too twee (cue the next Magnetic Fields tune), but as far as first-time efforts go, this Michigan-based indie mostly impresses.

Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI) | Original Score: B

August 2, 2011
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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A lovely, gentle and very true film set on a long night in a small Michigan city at the end of summer.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times

July 20, 2011
Nora Lee Mandel

Both fresh and familiar,. . .[t]he irony of spending time with normal kids. . .played by a personable, age-appropriate, sweetly charming cast . . . is they are a bit bland.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 7/10

July 31, 2011
James Rocchi
MSN Movies
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Funny and frank, real and romantic, Myth feels like a mix of a poem and a party, as brief and beautiful as the right kind of summer night.

Full Review Source: MSN Movies | Original Score: 4.5/5

July 19, 2011
Henry Barnes

Writer/director David Robert Mitchell's sweet, sexless drama.

Full Review Source: Guardian | Original Score: 3/5

August 30, 2012
Karina Longworth
Village Voice
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Sloma is always interesting to watch: She's even almost credible when tasked with delivering the film's thesis in the form of a lesson learned.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

July 19, 2011
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