• Unrated, 1 hr. 46 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:    Cate Shortland
  • In Theaters:    Apr 21, 2004 Wide
  • On DVD:    Jul 25, 2006
  • Magnolia Pictures

Somersault Reviews

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Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
June 6, 2006

How a down-to-earth country like Australia grew so attached to the pretentious Somersault, I have no idea.

Full Review | Original Score: C
Chris Cabin
Filmcritic.com
October 28, 2005

there is an idea of a movie here, but no real movie.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
May 31, 2006

The 'free spirited innocent' archetype doesn't convincingly share residence with this numbly sexual Lolita.

| Original Score: 2/4
Russell Edwards
Variety
Top Critic
April 20, 2006

Shortland appears to have a great fascination with objects like pine needles and gas jets, but the pic's visual flourishes tend to be distracting in their restless artiness.

Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
March 21, 2005

Motivation is never allowed to develop.

Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
April 16, 2006

An exercise in film-school pretense, Somersault prettifies the ugliness of a girl's sexual experience after she leaves her mother's nest.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
June 9, 2006

Moves with all of the sluggish energy of stop-and-go traffic during rush hour. It just keeps marking time until Heidi has another brief sexual encounter with some new guy.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette
April 23, 2006

There's not nearly enough sex

| Original Score: 2.5/5
Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Top Critic
May 18, 2006

Heavy on atmosphere but very light on plot.

Full Review | Original Score: C
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
Top Critic
May 18, 2006

My impression remained this time around of an unfinished screenplay in which too many intervals of small talk masqueraded as the forerunners of emotional events that never materialized.

Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
June 16, 2006

Pretty slow and predictable, and filled with soap opera-like plot contrivances.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
Top Critic
July 14, 2006

Generous and authentic.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
May 18, 2006

A moody sojourn into the horrific funhouse of adolescence.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Chris Barsanti
ToxicUniverse.com
April 26, 2006

... says more about the potent mix of restless sexuality and troubled adolescence than a shelf-full of young adult novels.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
April 30, 2006

As a psychological portrait, it's indelible. As a filmgoing experience, however, it definitely requires patience.

Full Review | Original Score: B
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
April 15, 2009

Newcomer Abbie Cornish is a revelation of empathy and dramatic transparency in a role riddled with moral landmines.

Full Review | Original Score: B+
Dave Calhoun
Time Out
Top Critic
February 9, 2006

Shortland well deserves the awards already lavished on her back home in Australia.

Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
February 26, 2005

Not an earth-shattering film by any means, but it's thoughtfully and beautifully made.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 23, 2005

A mesmerizing Australian movie about one lonely sixteen-year-old girl's yearning for intimacy.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Kent Turner
Film-Forward.com
April 20, 2006

Based on her painfully vulnerable performance, don't be surprised when the promising [Abbie] Cornish joins Hollywood's pool of Aussie ex-pats.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009


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Top Critic
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