Summer '04 Reviews

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Prairie Miller
NewsBlaze
June 5, 2008
More in the nature of audience eavesdropping on some scandalous neighbors than gripping or meaningful storytelling, the film is wracked with superficial, amoral characters and petty, hand wringing sordid emotional preoccupations and obsessions.
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
November 16, 2007
What better way to spend 97 minutes in November than trying to sort out romantic complications in shorts and sailboats?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Boyd van Hoeij
european-films.net
October 30, 2007
If Krohmer and Knocke meticulously crafted the world Miriam inhabits, it is Gedeck's presence that makes it such a tangible mess -- which is meant as high praise indeed.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
October 12, 2007
Straight ahead in form but unnerving and unexpected in content.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
September 7, 2007
All I know is, I didn't buy it. It didn't scan. And I'm sorry it didn't, because Summer '04 offers much to admire and a few things to fear.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
August 15, 2007
Although intelligent and insightful, Summer '04 is also more than just a little bit dull.
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
August 2, 2007
A well-crafted and deceptively leisurely film, with a heart of ice.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
August 1, 2007
[A] warmly stirring romantic maelstrom of five multigenerational libidos let loose at a lakeside vacation site.
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide
August 1, 2007
The film unfolds with cold, Chabrolian detachment and quietly builds to a coolly satisfying denouement that leaves everyone involved -- including the audience -- second-guessing everything that's come before.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Matt Zoller Seitz
New York Times
August 1, 2007
Summer '04 is so plainly the product of meticulous forethought that the shooting script might have been etched on marble slabs.
| Original Score: 2/5
Rex Roberts
Film Journal International
August 1, 2007
The resulting cinematic chimera isn't remarkably pretty, but it's pretty remarkable.
Kam Williams
EURWeb
August 1, 2007
As twisted and steamy a psychological thriller as you could hope to find, provided you're not put off by the pedophilia coursing through this intriguing romantic roundelay.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Kent Turner
Film-Forward.com
July 31, 2007
This blunt and methodical chamber-piece thriller, filled with deceptively lazy afternoons, has the seductive and flinty heart of a Ruth Rendell novel.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Michelle Orange
Village Voice
July 31, 2007
The actors rise to the challenge of Nocke's tricky, high-flown script, and Krohmer meets them there.
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
July 29, 2007
Summer '04 couldn't have come soon enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
July 21, 2007
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Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Derek Elley
Variety
April 25, 2007
Summer '04 more than confirms the promise of young Teuton helmer Stefan Krohmer.
Adam Nayman
eye WEEKLY
September 23, 2006
A rare thing: a successfully asymmetrical drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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David Fear
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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