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Charlotte Sometimes Reviews

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Mike D'Angelo
Time Out
October 31, 2003
The film's nervous reticence makes it both precious and a little unwieldy, like a matchstick palace built on a subway platform.
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
September 26, 2003
May not be gripping in conventional ways, but it's daring.
| Original Score: B
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Marta Barber
Miami Herald
September 5, 2003
Sometimes engaging, sometimes amusing and ultimately surprising.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
August 21, 2003
A smartly made, hedonistic spectacle of alluring, nubile characters, sun-warmed narcissism and breathtaking color.
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Megan Lehmann
New York Post
August 8, 2003
It's a hushed work of restrained emotions, elliptical storytelling and spare dialogue, peopled with smart, authentic characters who have drawn you into their lives before you know it.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Dave Kehr
New York Times
August 7, 2003
A tiny film that reflects a large talent.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Dennis Lim
Village Voice
August 5, 2003
Whether or not it's a pose, the film's poised reticence is refreshing in context -- a rebuke to the contemporary crop of blabbermouthed American indies.
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Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter
July 8, 2003
Eric Byler demonstrates a refreshing trust in his material and his audience, crafting a compact, intriguing drama from understated performances and a subtle visual sensibility.
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
June 19, 2003
A work of the utmost subtlety and perception, it marks the outstanding feature debut of writer-director Eric Byler, who understands the power of the implicit and the virtues of simplicity and economy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Hazel-Dawn Dumpert
L.A. Weekly
June 18, 2003
Drawing on an irresistible, languid romanticism, Byler reveals the ways in which a sultry evening or a beer-fueled afternoon in the sun can inspire even the most retiring heart to venture forth.
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Carla Meyer
San Francisco Chronicle
May 9, 2003
A sexy, surprising romance... Idemoto and Kim make a gorgeous pair... their scenes brim with sexual possibility and emotional danger.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
May 2, 2003
Byler reveals his characters in a way that intrigues and even fascinates us, and he never reduces the situation to simple melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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John Petrakis
Chicago Tribune
May 1, 2003
Byler is too savvy a filmmaker to let this morph into a typical romantic triangle. Instead, he focuses on the anguish that can develop when one mulls leaving the familiar to traverse uncharted ground.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
May 1, 2003
An understated but engaging sleeper.
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Robert Koehler
February 5, 2003
Notably cinematic storytelling... The deft shading Byler elicits from his thesps is of a piece with his dramatics and his understated, artful approach to compositions and movement.