Critic Review - Chicago Sun-Times

The actors all find the correct notes. It is a French film, and so they are allowed to be adult and intelligent.

May 21, 2009 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Comments (2)
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Larry R.

Larry Robiner

Roger, I've been reading and following your reviews for many years, and of all the critics, I seem to agree with you the most. But you really let me down on this one.

About midway through this movie, I got up to go to the bathroom. Not so much because nature was calling, but because I was looking for something to do. I was tired of fidgeting in my seat for an hour. As I walked out toward the lobby, I poked my head into a couple other theaters to see if there might be a more productive way to spend my time. When I returned to my theater after about 10 minutes, my wife whispers to me, "Ask me what happened." So I whisper back, "What happened?" Her reply: "NOTHING!" In a word, that pretty much sums up the good qualities of this film.

Don't get me wrong -- I like foreign films. I like French films. I like films that don't rely on plot twists and action to hold my attention. I like films that draw me in to deep and complex characters. This film is NOT one of them. By the time I endured the full length of The Summer Hours (if felt more like The Summer Weeks), I could honestly say that I didn't care at all about any of the characters, save one. There was absolutely nothing interesting or redeeming about any of them, except for Eloise, the housekeeper, who plays a very small part.

I am baffled by all the glowing reviews on this site. I think we need some balance. Come on, folks, admit you were as bored by this movie as I was. I know you are out there. Go ahead, do the world a favor. Take the time to cast your vote and add your review. The moviegoing public is counting on you.

May 24 - 11:07 AM

Mr. Hulot

sean carney

Larry, you clearly didn't like the movie. So stop complaining! Get on with it!

Jun 3 - 02:33 PM

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