Submarine Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
July 17, 2011
That rare teen comedy where the kids aren't gorgeous, the hero isn't heroic and the object of desire has a lot of reasons why she isn't necessarily desirable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
June 24, 2011
The result is a small, delicate comedy that depends on a continuity of tone that it pulls off. Oliver may not live happily ever after; but he manages to live happily enough here, and that's just fine.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
June 24, 2011
An exercise in briny Welsh Weltzschmerz that tracks the inner and outer worlds of a confused teenage boy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
June 17, 2011
In its own right, "Submarine" is one of the best movies of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
June 16, 2011
"Submarine'' has its own specific miseries and darkly funny vibe. It makes quirkiness briefly seem like a good thing again.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 16, 2011
For an unreliable narrator, Oliver's story is reliably entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
June 15, 2011
The main problem with Submarine is that Oliver is not a likable protagonist.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
June 10, 2011
Ayoade owes a debt to Wes Anderson, but the parents here are so beautifully written, and Hawkins and Taylor particularize them so well, that the movie manages to hold its own.
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Jennie Punter
Globe and Mail
June 10, 2011
These things could have easily resulted in a mass outbreak of broad comedy, but the actors play their roles completely straight. In Submarine, you truly ache through the awkward moments -- even as you're laughing out loud.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
June 10, 2011
There are no really profound insights in "Submarine" except this: That you'll never really know another person unless you're willing to take the plunge.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
June 9, 2011
Ayoade is better at establishing a road map of what "Submarine" is supposed to be rather than pulling all its elements together cohesively.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
June 9, 2011
I suggest you take a chance on "Submarine" and find out if its particular comic angst rings any bells, be you male or be you female, Welsh or American, 16 or 61.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 9, 2011
It's a self-confident work for the first-time director, Richard Ayoade, whose purpose I think is to capture that delicate moment in some adolescent lives when idealism and trust lead to tentative experiments.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 9, 2011
After an OK start, "Submarine" sinks beneath sloggy pacing and a general lack of originality.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kerry Lengel
Arizona Republic
June 9, 2011
It's a familiar story, yes - but we all have to chart our own way through it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
June 9, 2011
The setting is Wales during the mid-1980s, but the emotions and characters would be at home in any country in any year.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
June 5, 2011
Ayoade has an evident gift for the kind of slightly offbeat comedy that's about the differences between a character's self-perception and the way the world sees him.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
June 3, 2011
Ayoade is at his most inventive, and least derivative, in a goofy mode, but Submarine, for the most part, is not in his best range.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Dana Stevens
Slate
June 3, 2011
Submarine isn't a perfect film, but it's a terrific first one. Leaving the theater, you feel you've been taken in hand by a director of tremendous promise, and you can't wait to see what he does next.
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David Denby
New Yorker
June 3, 2011
A delicate and potent new British comedy.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
June 3, 2011
What is a surprise here is the intensity of the young actors - Roberts has a particularly perfect scowl - and the freshness of the Welsh seaside scenery.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
June 3, 2011
A charming indie that combines dreamy aspiration with mucky, hilarious reality.
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
June 3, 2011
The excruciating and the hilarious mingle nearly to perfection in this marvelously visualized and deeply felt British film...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
June 2, 2011
Writer-director Richard Ayoade has the knack.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
June 2, 2011
Richard Ayoade, the British comic making a remarkable feature debut with his adaptation of Joe Dunthorne's 2008 novel, blends mirth and malice with deadpan brilliance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
June 2, 2011
Significance can be overrated, and "Submarine" makes the most of its whimsical triviality.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
June 2, 2011
"Submarine" is one of a kind.
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
June 2, 2011
Submarine is the film Youth In Revolt should have been, an achingly sad yet ribald account of a hyper-verbal oddball's ascent/descent into manhood.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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David Germain
Associated Press
June 2, 2011
With Submarine, it's what lies beneath that counts, and it's a grand voyage tagging along with Oliver as he finds them out.
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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
June 1, 2011
It's so relentless in its piling on of snappy effects... that it kind of plays like The Graduate going through steroid psychosis.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Sam Adams
Time Out
June 1, 2011
Submarine may not be epic cinema, but in a modest way, it's close to perfection.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
June 1, 2011
Jumpy and desperate to eschew restless boredom, the whole thing looks like a series of rock videos.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
May 31, 2011
Though Submarine isn't a dull head-movie, amid the bells and whistles, Roberts seems less its star than its cameraman.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
May 27, 2011
The film is so self-conscious it seems to be dictating your every reaction.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
March 16, 2011
Sees sparks of imagination flying from most scenes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
February 8, 2011
Wales-set coming-of-age film is stylish, very funny debut for writer/director Richard Ayoade.