Daydream Nation 2011

Daydream Nation

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Forced to move to a boring backwater town, a teenager (Kat Dennings) embarks on affairs with a teacher (Josh Lucas) and a stoner classmate (Reece Thompson).

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All Critics (22) | Top Critics (11) | Fresh (15) | Rotten (7)

  • A fantastically enjoyable and refreshing piece, nestling itself right between standard Hollywood high school hoopla and more unconventional explorations of teen troubles.

    May 7, 2011 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Goldbach fills the story with too many distractions, but Dennings, known for "Nick and Nora's Infinite Playlist," is feline and fun.

    May 7, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • "Daydream Nation" rolls elements of "Juno," "American Beauty," "Donnie Darko" and "Twin Peaks" into a potent blunt.

    May 6, 2011 | Rating: 3.5/5
  • Worth seeking out...

    May 6, 2011 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • A fitfully engaging effort that is most successful as a performance piece for actors Kat Dennings and Reece Thompson.

    May 5, 2011 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • It's a film about teen angst that's too caught up in its characters' state of mind to see its way through to the other side.

    May 5, 2011 | Rating: C | Full Review…

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Audience Reviews for Daydream Nation

  • Dec 11, 2012
    Everything you don't want to happen to youre daughter or if you a teacher in this film,, why do we always blame the teacher. 3 stars 12-2-12
    Bruce B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 09, 2012
    Unsure of what this coming-of-age, teenage drama is really supposed to be, the performances just barely make this film tolerable through its 98 minute run-time. Kat Dennings is not the greatest narrator, but with some voluptuous curves, she's believable as the seductive high school teen. Josh Lucas also showcases his talent with a wide range of emotions in his performance. However, lacking a clear direction and containing far too many meandering ideas, "Daydream Nation" fails to be as witty or pithy as it aims to be.
    Christopher H Super Reviewer
  • Jul 03, 2012
    I like movies like this, though it would be nice to see more about the college experience. I felt like Kat Dennings' character was a college student or any other adult trapped in a high schooler's body. It was like watching Juno except she doesn't get pregnant this time. I did like that she was very flawed and imperfect. She was smart and mature but she was also a bitch...but she was also a human being who could be hurt by cruel words. It isn't something I'd rush to see in a theater. More like a lazy-Sunday-stay-indoors-and-veg-out kinda movie.
    Remi L Super Reviewer
  • May 07, 2012
    I've noticed a trend with movies these days that deal with teenage girls with much older men, and that's to make the teenage girl seem mature beyond her years and "in control". Meanwhile, reducing the older man to a sniveling, whiny, pathetic little boy is supposed to make it less creepy?? Wrong, doesn't make it less creepy. This subject can be done well, like American Beauty, but this one misses the mark by a landslide. Go watch (or re-watch) American Beauty instead!
    Cynthia S Super Reviewer

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