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Daydream Nation Reviews

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Matt Joseph
We Got This Covered
March 25, 2013
All three leads do a good job and the film is visually appealing. As a director, Goldbach shows promise.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Rob Boylan
Orlando Weekly
May 26, 2011
The goodwill that the charming Dennings has built up in earlier films, such as 40-Year-Old Virgin and Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, doesn't excuse this role.
Jason Anderson
eye WEEKLY
May 11, 2011
An alternately heady and queasy portrait of a small town slipping into madness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 9, 2011
Director/writer Mike Goldbach's first half of the film is engaging ..., suspenseful (who is the "man in the white suit?"-with a delectable shade of grey served up red herring style) and masterfully balanced.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
May 7, 2011
Goldbach fills the story with too many distractions, but Dennings, known for "Nick and Nora's Infinite Playlist," is feline and fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Bill Gibron
PopMatters
May 6, 2011
While not always comfortable in its quaint, quirky skin, it does deliver some intriguing performances and some inventive directorial turns.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
May 6, 2011
"Daydream Nation" rolls elements of "Juno," "American Beauty," "Donnie Darko" and "Twin Peaks" into a potent blunt.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
May 6, 2011
Worth seeking out...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
May 5, 2011
Daydream Nation is a mess, but a gorgeous mess. Come for the flaccid teen distress, stay for the stunning imagery.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
May 5, 2011
A fitfully engaging effort that is most successful as a performance piece for actors Kat Dennings and Reece Thompson.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
May 5, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Nick Schager
Time Out
May 3, 2011
Sonic Youth should sue.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Ernest Hardy
Village Voice
May 3, 2011
Another film in which on-screen teens, especially the nubile femme fatale at the center, are but vessels to showcase the screenwriter's irony-drenched, self-satisfied intellect.
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
April 22, 2011
To a large degree, the film is a platform for Dennings, with her young-but-wise blend of vulnerability and take-charge brashness that make her an utterly plausible magnet for sensitive dudes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jim Slotek
Jam! Movies
April 15, 2011
There are times when you can lose yourself in its shabby surrealism. But there are so many movies that are like Daydream Nation, there's little it can do to surprise you with its dramatic impact.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
April 14, 2011
Caught halfway between comedy and drama, it's a movie that resists definition, for good and for ill.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joe Leydon
Variety
September 22, 2010
Charged with alternating currents of teen angst, sardonic wit, nervous dread and impudent sensuality, Daydream Nation suggests Juno as reimagined by David Lynch, or a funnier, sunnier Donnie Darko.
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
September 19, 2010
Before it completely wears out its welcome, Daydream Nation basically comes off as a watchable teen drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4

National Post
July 15, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4

NOW Toronto
September 15, 2010
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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