L'Heure d'été (Summer Hours) Reviews

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Stuart Klawans
The Nation
March 17, 2015
Olivier Assayas's new meditation on French domestic life, the wisely ironic Summer Hours, begins with children's games and ends with adolescent partying and pairing off -- that is, the real business of life
Frédéric Bonnaud
Film Comment Magazine
November 17, 2013
( ... ) Summer Hours is Assayas's best film set on home turf-the one that best puts things in perspective and loudly proclaims that one must know how to shed dead skin to go on living.
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
August 26, 2011
Has the feel, if not the look, of an old man's film, a meditation on the passing of time.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
June 2, 2010
...leisurely paced but intensely gripping film - which doesn't lend itself to facile capsulization - follows three generations of a French family as they prepare for the imminent death of their matriarch
Full Review | Original Score: 88/100
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
May 14, 2010
manages a sense of genuine poignancy that never becomes sticky or sentimental
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
May 11, 2010
The film resonates with emotions as authentic as the details. ... And it asks us to ponder what makes the objects in our lives meaningful.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis
May 1, 2010
The film and its characters are smart, sincere and fully alive in ways we rarely have the opportunity to see.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies
January 12, 2010
The [movie's] concern might feel a little old-fashioned ... but in this film it's reasonably, solemnly, and levelheadedly expressed.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
December 22, 2009
A subtle, flawlessly acted, keenly observed family drama and poignant meditation on memory, identity, and history in the age of postmodernism and globalization.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
December 21, 2009
A well-constructed film about the end of a life and uncertainty about the future.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
December 17, 2009
Surprisingly wonderful, as if Assayas finally found a space in which to stretch out.
William Goss
Orlando Weekly
December 17, 2009
The sheer banality of the proceedings -- appraisals! attorneys! -- threatens to rob those few poignant moments of their own dramatic value.
Top Critic
Derek Elley
Variety
December 16, 2009
Assayas' script is more allusive than demonstrative, with a distinct whiff of Eric Rohmer in its conversational blocks separated by fadeouts.
Louis Proyect
rec.arts.movies.reviews
December 7, 2009
Supposedly a meditation on globalization and family ties, but to this reviewer it is much more of a French art movie version of Antique Roadshow.
Karina Longworth
SpoutBlog
November 18, 2009
A lament for the lost luxuries of time and space.
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
August 25, 2009
Intense yet airy
Top Critic
August 23, 2009
n Summer Hours, Olivier Assayas's gently provocative rumination on family and possessions, a trio of siblings wrestles with the problem of what to do with the old homestead once Mother is gone.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
August 18, 2009
A subdued, chatty and poignant family drama.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
July 29, 2009
Offers the sense that what is now being dismantled was itself the result of people who in their own way had rejected an earlier past.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Marc Mohan
Oregonian
July 24, 2009
A keenly observed, typically high-quality family drama of the sort only the French seem capable of making anymore.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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