Summer of '42 Reviews

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TV Guide's Movie Guide
June 9, 2011
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television
January 4, 2011
Visually lyrical film romance also has problems with dubious views on teen sexuality.
Top Critic
Variety Staff
March 26, 2009
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.

Empire Magazine
December 30, 2006
In the early hijinks phase, the film seems like a dry run for Porky's, but it later gets into the business of fluttering curtains, walks on sandy beaches and longing glances.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
It forever misses, unlike American Graffiti, the heady sexual climate of adolescence to concentrate on the circumstances of the sex act itself.
Cole Smithey
August 27, 2005
"Summer Of '42" is an unforgettable meditation on sexual awakening and loss during WWII.
| Original Score: 5/5
Top Critic
Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 9, 2005
"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 | Original Score: 3/5
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
May 3, 2005
One of the cinematic coming-of-age stories that started a trend.
| Original Score: 4/5
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
December 28, 2004
Nostalgic coming-into-manhood fantasy.
| Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
Nostalgia is used as a distancing device -- to keep us safely insulated from the boy's immediate grief, love, and passion.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 24, 2003
The interaction between Grimes and his teenage co-stars - the sharp, crude Houser and the more innocent Conant - is engaging, and the spare, uncluttered soundtrack is recompense for Mulligan's overblown visuals.
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
August 21, 2002
Dates very badly indeed
| Original Score: 2/5
Scott Weinberg
Apollo Guide
March 20, 2002
It's apparent in every scene that this is a highly personal film for screenwriter Raucher, and the nostalgia is so palpable that it nearly slides off the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 79/100
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
February 7, 2002
A discerning and appreciative translation of one boy's trip along a trajectory of psychological and sexual change.
January 9, 2006
| Original Score: 4/5
Emanuel Levy
June 26, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Rebecca Murray
September 23, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Josh Gilchrist
Billings Outpost (Montana)
October 5, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
September 20, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
August 22, 2003
| Original Score: 2/5
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