Summer of '42 Reviews

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Variety Staff
Variety
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.
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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.
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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
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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