The film's restraint and reliance on non-professional actors ends up creating something that often feels stilted and unintentionally absurd rather than naturalistic.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
A talky, tortoise-paced teensploit which teases far more than it titillates.
| Original Score: 1/4
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.
| Original Score: 39/100
Well-intentioned but derivative and only intermittently engaging, the suburban Michigan-set indie hits at least as many false notes as true ones.
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.
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.
| Original Score: 2/5
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.
"Sleepover" may very well describe audience reaction to this soporific, unoriginal teen study.
Nicely acted, beautifully shot, ultimately disappointing ...
| Original Score: 3/5
It's sweet and sticky and frisky and true to the awkwardness of adolescence, but with a healthy dose of tenderness.
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.
Sleepover is less a fully realized artistic expression than an able reworking of a well-worn genre.
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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.
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.
| Original Score: B
A lovely, gentle and very true film set on a long night in a small Michigan city at the end of summer.
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.
| Original Score: 7/10
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.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
Writer/director David Robert Mitchell's sweet, sexless drama.
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.