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Strong performances and an inclusive approach to sexual awakening aren't enough to make Summer Storm a truly memorable coming-of-age story. Read critic reviews

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A teenager comes to terms with his sexuality and his feelings for his best friend over the course of a summer. Tobi and Achim are best friends and rowing teammates, and they have competed together in several races. During a summer training retreat, Achim's increasingly serious relationship with his girlfriend stirs up feelings in Tobi that suggest he views Achim as more than a friend. Events come to a head as the summer comes to a close and a big race is on the horizon.

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Critic Reviews for Summer Storm

All Critics (33) | Top Critics (17) | Fresh (16) | Rotten (17)

  • Its coming-of-age yarn goes nowhere beyond inevitably out of a closet.

    May 19, 2006 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • It's sunny and frothy, with odd laugh-out-loud moments.

    May 12, 2006 | Rating: 4/5
  • This gay coming-of-age film from Germany ultimately has few original aspects, but it is an intelligently wrought drama that makes it a respectable entry in the genre.

    May 10, 2006
  • Stadlober, a young Austrian actor cast in the leading role, is charming enough to survive most of the movie's labored attempts to lighten up.

    March 31, 2006 | Rating: 2.5/4
  • While it has little in it that hasn't been covered by other coming-out movies, it's pleasant enough.

    March 30, 2006 | Rating: C+
  • Kreutzpainter limns his multifarious characters with an amiable, unforced humor and an authentic feel for the ways in which good kids respond to peer pressure with less-than-admirable behavior.

    March 24, 2006 | Rating: 3/4

Audience Reviews for Summer Storm

  • Mar 28, 2008
    This sweet gay German film has some great music and some really tender moments.
    Sunil J Super Reviewer
  • Jan 28, 2008
    A gay coming-of-age tale set at a summer rowing competition camp. Beautifully shot and very well acted. Handles its subject matter with an unexpected maturity, doesn't treat the issue of sexual identity simplistically, and doesn't fall into easy stereotypes either, although stereotypes obviously come into play, at the hands of the characters. In other words, it's probably one of the most realistic portrayals of sexual orientation issues ever seen in a teen film. Fun, touching and enjoyable to watch for anyone, except for homophobes, obviously.
    Pedro P Super Reviewer
  • Dec 27, 2007
    Great movie! Great music.
    Leo L Super Reviewer
  • Aug 09, 2007
    I hate romance movies. BUT I love gay romance. I have no idea why and so in July of 2008 I just watched a lot of gay romance movies because they are so damn awesome. They are the only kind of romance movies in which I want the characters to get together. So anyway, although the main guy was ugly and looked like Brad Greenquist (Pascal from Pet Sematary) I still enjoyed it. For some reason in every gay movie I watched one of the guys would be extremely ugly and the other... not. Um... so it was kind of funny and ok, but I wanted Tobi and Achim to get together (like I said I always want happy endings in gay romance and unhappy endings in hetero romance, and I'm a straight female... go figure).
    Lauren D Super Reviewer

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