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Clint Morris
April 19, 2008
divine performances from Lane and Sutherland
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Jennifer Preyss
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
November 24, 2007
On balance, it's a movie worth seeing with its artistic inserts, appropriate soundtrack and organic performances.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media
October 22, 2007
Smart-but-grim coming-of-age tale best for adults.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
September 21, 2007
A buoyant coming-of-age adventure welded to an amiable wealth fantasy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
September 20, 2007
Dunne's messy, unpredictable, yet weirdly vital movie veers from one extreme to another without finding a consistent tone, but Sutherland never strikes a wrong note.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
September 7, 2007
Director Griffin Dunne's adaptation of Dirk Wittenborn's fiercely personal novel ambles pleasantly through coming-of-age movie territory, then takes a jarring Agatha Christie detour.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Prairie Miller
WBAI Web Radio
September 7, 2007
The inspired dark humor here is that the tongue in cheek anthropological study of a strange and intimidating leisure class tribe, is exactly what this encounter with these pampered alien creatures inhabiting a gilded jungle turns out to be.
Edward Havens
September 7, 2007
Too bad this wasn't made twenty-five years ago, when it still had a chance of being accepted by the masses because it was quirky.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
David Noh
Film Journal International
September 6, 2007
The suffocating atmosphere of WASP-y snobbery has a morbid fascination, and the characters have enough flavorful eccentricity to hold one's interest.
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James Berardinelli
September 4, 2007
Overall, it's an enjoyable effort, but not a positive triumph.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Steve Schneider
Orlando Weekly
April 12, 2006
It's a well-observed coming-of-age story that turns on a bold, brutal plot development some viewers will accept and others will consider an insurmountable speed bump.
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Tom Beer
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Brent Simon
February 9, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
February 22, 2008
...the movie's abrupt (and downright graceless) transformation from jaunty comedy to heavy-handed drama strips the proceedings of any momentum it may have had...
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Brian Orndorf
January 30, 2008
With a screechingly affected voice (think Nicholson mixed with a sick Chihuahua), Yelchin is all tiring, syllable-pulling raw nerve here; a blinding pitch that holds the film back from needed dramatic expression.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Joshua Katzman
Chicago Reader
December 3, 2007
Director Griffin Dunne, working from Dirk Wittenborn's adaptation of his own novel, pounds away at the analogy between the inherent cruelty of the tribal rituals of the Iskanani and those of the well-heeled.
October 12, 2007
Watching the idle rich toy with people can only go so far, then you want more depth and this doesn't have it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Geoff Berkshire
October 10, 2007
Miscalculated at every level, it's a vacant drama full of ineptly drawn characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Steven Winn
San Francisco Chronicle
September 21, 2007
There are lots of potent things floating around in it -- sexual initiation, drugs, fantasy-land wealth, brute violence, primitive rituals, Diane Lane and Donald Sutherland -- but the mix just sits there without producing any notable reactions.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
September 21, 2007
Rarely has self-pity become so monotonous so quickly.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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