( ... ) 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.
Has the feel, if not the look, of an old man's film, a meditation on the passing of time.
...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
| Original Score: 88/100
manages a sense of genuine poignancy that never becomes sticky or sentimental
| Original Score: 3.5/4
The film resonates with emotions as authentic as the details. ... And it asks us to ponder what makes the objects in our lives meaningful.
| Original Score: 9/10
The film and its characters are smart, sincere and fully alive in ways we rarely have the opportunity to see.
| Original Score: 8/10
The [movie's] concern might feel a little old-fashioned ... but in this film it's reasonably, solemnly, and levelheadedly expressed.
A subtle, flawlessly acted, keenly observed family drama and poignant meditation on memory, identity, and history in the age of postmodernism and globalization.
| Original Score: A
A well-constructed film about the end of a life and uncertainty about the future.
| Original Score: B
Surprisingly wonderful, as if Assayas finally found a space in which to stretch out.
The sheer banality of the proceedings -- appraisals! attorneys! -- threatens to rob those few poignant moments of their own dramatic value.
Assayas' script is more allusive than demonstrative, with a distinct whiff of Eric Rohmer in its conversational blocks separated by fadeouts.
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.
A lament for the lost luxuries of time and space.
Intense yet airy
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.
A subdued, chatty and poignant family drama.
| Original Score: A-
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.
| Original Score: 4/5
A keenly observed, typically high-quality family drama of the sort only the French seem capable of making anymore.
The acting is superb and the cinematography is top drawer. French films are not shy about tackling real-life issues in a meaningful way
| Original Score: 3/4