Summer of '42 (1971) - Rotten Tomatoes

Summer of '42 (1971)




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In this irresistible coming-of-age piece, director Robert Mulligan narrates the film as the grown-up counterpart of Hermie, a teenager of the War Years who has a crush on twentyish Jennifer O'Neill. With O'Neill's soldier husband off to war, Grimes convinces himself that he can take hubby's place in every way.more
Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Romance, Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Herman Raucher
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 5, 2002


Lou Frizzell
as Druggist
Walter Scott
as Dorothy's Husband
Maureen Stapleton
as Hermie's Mother
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Critic Reviews for Summer of '42

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (4)

Summer of '42 has a large amount of charm and tenderness; it also has little dramatic economy and much eye-exhausting photography which translates to forced and artificial emphasis on a strungout story.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

It forever misses, unlike American Graffiti, the heady sexual climate of adolescence to concentrate on the circumstances of the sex act itself.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

"Summer of '42" is a memory movie, written, directed and acted with such uncommon good humor that I don't think you'll be put off by its sweet soft-focus, at least until you start analyzing it afterwards.

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

Nostalgia is used as a distancing device -- to keep us safely insulated from the boy's immediate grief, love, and passion.

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

People who actually recall 1942 will more greatly appreciate the waves of nostalgia that bathe this affectionate coming-of-age drama, set on a tiny island off New England.

Full Review… | June 9, 2011
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Visually lyrical film romance also has problems with dubious views on teen sexuality.

Full Review… | January 4, 2011
Classic Film and Television

Audience Reviews for Summer of '42

Very good romance :)

Cassie Hill

Super Reviewer


Sorry, but I couldn't help but laugh. It was such a different time... WOW!

Leigh Ryan

Super Reviewer

Good film.

Leo L

Super Reviewer

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