Critics Consensus

Strong sensitive performances in this low-budget British drama illuminate this tough gritty picture.



Total Count: 9


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Gas Attack and Yasmin director Kenny Glenaan crafts this tale of loyalty, loss, and the destructive effects of social exclusion concerning two vibrant boys who unwittingly set down an intensely destructive path. Shaun and Daz are two friends who rely on each other for everything, but Shaun was bound to lose from the very beginning. Upon being labeled the village bully, Shaun falls into a hopeless cycle of self-destruction that threatens to consume not only himself, but his first love Katy and best friend as well. Twelve years later, as Daz faces death, Shaun becomes determined to reclaim his life by confronting his past. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for Summer

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (7) | Rotten (2)

  • As a portrait of stasis brought on by poverty and a study of youthful abandon gone sour in the face of zero opportunities, this is sensitive stuff, even if there's little that's surprising.

    Dec 5, 2008 | Rating: 3/6 | Full Review…

    Dave Calhoun

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • Glenaan's spare film, set on a council estate in Bolsover, shows how dreams are cruelly extinguished, yet little bits of surreal magic illuminate this tough film with glimmers of hope.

    Dec 5, 2008 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • There are a few literal-minded scene-by-scene explanations too many; how undiagnosed dyslexia made a bad kid out of Shaun. It's a shame as they put the emotional heart of film at arm's-length.

    Dec 5, 2008 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Cath Clarke

    Top Critic
  • Strong performances across the board elevate a small-scale tale that's easy to admire but hard to get excited about.

    Dec 5, 2008 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • A quiet film to inspire quiet admiration, Kenny Glenaan's wistful character piece has a lovely asset in Robert Carlyle - often a careless chooser of parts, but a gentle, sensitive actor in his element here.

    Dec 5, 2008 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Carlyle's central turn is one of the year's most poignant and tear-jerking acting displays, easily erasing the misstep of Eragon.

    Dec 5, 2008 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Summer

  • Jan 27, 2010
    wonderful gritty northern drama with robert carlyle
    Sanity Assassin ! Super Reviewer
  • May 26, 2009
    a working class tale about life and family, robert carlisle ina good role, amoung the stories on show, mostly about illness, the brief running time,is also a facture in enjoyment, as it moves fast,and never outstays its welcome
    scott g Super Reviewer
  • Mar 15, 2009
    Standard issue northern grim fest enlivened by a fine line in black humour.
    Gordon A Super Reviewer

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