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The Myth Of The American Sleepover Reviews

Cath Clarke
Time Out
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There's a lot to like here - not least disarmingly natural performances from the mostly non-professional actors.

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

August 28, 2012
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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I remember 15. It was a mess. Mitchell's movie serenely amplifies the mess.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3/4

September 1, 2011
Tom Long
Detroit News
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The Myth of the American Sleepover is an indie movie-lover's dream, one of those rare instances where a lack of budget and experience is trumped by heartfelt vision, natural talent and amateur enthusiasm.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: B+

August 5, 2011
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
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With "The Myth of the American Sleepover," first-time writer-director David Robert Mitchell tells a coming-of-age tale with such freshness and such bemused insight it's as if it has never been told before.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

July 29, 2011
Andrew O'Hehir
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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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July 23, 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
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
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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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 Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3/4

July 21, 2011
Scott Tobias
AV Club
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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 Source: AV Club | Original Score: B+

July 21, 2011
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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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 Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4/5

July 21, 2011
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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Mitchell has an 
 ear for the tentativeness of adolescence, the way that everyone is trying on postures, attitudes, selves.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B-

July 20, 2011
Mike D'Angelo
AV Club
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Slightly clumsy but hugely endearing.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B+

July 20, 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
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
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
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
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York
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Mitchell seems trapped in an unspecified '90s-ish retro zone, and you wonder how good his sleepovers really were.

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

July 19, 2011
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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Mitchell finds a balance that's just right in juggling all these emotions and presenting them believably in screen. His little movie is pretty much perfect in depicting youthful imperfection.

Full Review Source: Associated Press | Original Score: 4/4

July 19, 2011
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
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
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