A Summer's Tale Reviews

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Josh Kupecki
Austin Chronicle
September 4, 2014

The film is a welcome tonic to the cinematic landfill that gets pushed into theatres this time of year.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
August 29, 2014

[Rohmer] gives us a concept of time passed, of meals eaten, of travel and weather. In other words, these characters are talking about their lives while they live them, trying to figure it all out as it happens.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic
August 29, 2014

A Summer's Tale is one of those movies where it looks like nothing is happening ...

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
Top Critic
August 22, 2014

Few directors could say as much with as little as Eric Rohmer.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune
August 22, 2014

This one perfectly captures the promise of summer love, of flings that may not lead anywhere and probably weren't supposed to, practiced by young people who believe everything good lies ahead of them.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Barbara VanDenburgh
Arizona Republic
Top Critic
August 21, 2014

There's a purity to the experience of watching a film so naturalistic, like living in someone else's life for two hours.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
August 8, 2014

It's one of Rohmer's finest, brimming with his usual mix of gorgeous locations and beautiful people caught up in romantic entanglements that challenge their misguided concepts of love.

Full Review | Original Score: A-
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic
July 31, 2014

The best films leave space for viewers to interpret the action. Here Rohmer insists on it.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
Top Critic
July 18, 2014

This is a movie of high innocence, set at a time in life when romantic love is still a frolic and the seaside is a balm that quells all ills.

Full Review | Original Score: B+
Jamie S. Rich
Oregonian
July 18, 2014

...an easygoing sort of film. Rohmer takes his time getting where he's going. His is a measured gait, however, not just narrative meandering.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic
July 17, 2014

Astute, unhurried and gently amusing, it will be welcomed by the director's fans while serving as a fine introduction for those who know him not.

Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
Top Critic
July 17, 2014

The world turns, the sun rises and sets, and the ocean's waves splash on idyllic beaches in Eric Rohmer's "A Summer's Tale."

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
John Anderson
Newsday
Top Critic
July 10, 2014

For all his seeming facility with the opposite sex, Gaspard is really a romantic idiot. And aren't we all, Rohmer suggests.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Mark Jenkins
Washington Post
Top Critic
July 10, 2014

The fresh-faced actors, realistic dialogue and naturalistic performances suggest a casual approach, but as the story progresses, the filmmaker's control is increasingly evident.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Max Nelson
Film Comment Magazine
June 26, 2014

If it lacks its predecessor's subtlety and depth, it compensates with its own abundance of more immediate pleasures.

Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
June 23, 2014

Wise, honest, breezy, witty and profound, A Summer's Tale is an intellectually and emotionally rewarding date movie for sophisticated couples.

Full Review | Original Score: 9.51/10
Landon Palmer
Film School Rejects
June 21, 2014

It's a complex character study that reveals how little we can know of someone through conversation, as conversation often changes the way we both perceive and portray our sense of who we are.

Full Review | Original Score: B+
Chris Nashawaty
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic
June 20, 2014

Originally released in 1996 in France (but never before in the U.S.), Eric Rohmer's sun-kissed love quadrangle remains as fresh and romantically profound as it was 18 years ago.

Full Review | Original Score: A-
Nick McCarthy
Slant Magazine
June 20, 2014

Despite its googly-eyed missive to the power of romance fueling confidence and comfort, A Summer's Tale is most salient when addressing the bonds of friendship.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Glenn Kenny
RogerEbert.com
June 20, 2014

Rohmer had an almost uncanny knack for using the mercurial predilections of the young as a launching pad for smart but not oppressive philosophical observations.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
January 1, 2000

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