Hot Summer Nights Reviews

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December 6, 2018
A twenty-second long sequence of a sticky and moist exchange of a lollipop is one of the most immersive sequences I have seen in some time.
October 11, 2018
In the end, Hot Summer Nights leaves the viewer with an an intoxicating aftertaste and a glow of enthusiasm long after the credits roll.
August 30, 2018
Generically crafted coming of age film with an unstable tone and clichéd plotting.
August 9, 2018
It winds up feeling anodyne when it should feel explosive.
August 8, 2018
While Bynum captures the year of Terminator 2: Judgment Day and its transitional early-'90s fashions with melancholic vividness, his paper-thin story of minimal character development ultimately resolves to a shrug.
August 6, 2018
Incredible truth and honesty are at the heart of this coming of age film, and those looking for an emotionally-charged and vibrant story about the complexities of youth and love should look no further than Hot Summer Nights.
August 3, 2018
This coming-of-age drama is more familiar than fresh, although there's an earnest authenticity to the characters and the setting.
August 1, 2018
Hot Summer Nights is more interested in style over substance, character tropes over character. Without that, the audience is just as lost as the characters on screen.
July 31, 2018
It's largely director Elijah Bynum's casting that makes this movie.
July 31, 2018
Hot Summer Nights will appease fans of Chalamet by his presence alone, but this is a movie that plays like a CW-infused take on the nostalgic drug drama.
July 28, 2018
Hot Summer Nights is both groan-inducingly contrived and vapid, its talented young cast wasted on an incoherent script-less a web of betrayal, greed, and adolescent desire than a few dangling threads.
July 27, 2018
You've seen it all before. But you haven't seen, and should, "Hot Summer Nights."
Top Critic
July 27, 2018
There's plenty to look at, but nothing really works here.
July 27, 2018
Pervasive drug culture, strong language in drama/thriller.
July 27, 2018
Hot Summer Nights stumbles, grasping for meaning and mood, relying heavily on one of the more insistent soundtracks in recent memory.
Top Critic
July 26, 2018
Bynum has excellent taste, but his debut feature suffers from a crisis of identity that mirrors that of his hero, a confused teenager who ambles his way into serious trouble.
July 26, 2018
Although every cinematic experiment and story beat doesn't always work, "Hot Summer Nights" is downright intoxicating, oozing with panache and sensuality from every pore.
July 26, 2018
It's all just a setup, really, for a great group of young actors-Chalamet, in particular-to flex their relatability muscles, filling in archetypes with nuance and color.
July 26, 2018
Of interest as a relatively early example of Chalamet's undeniable talent [but] overall an ostentatiously stylized farrago of coming-of-age clichés and crime-movie tropes.
July 26, 2018
Hot Summer Nights is unconventionally amusing, spits in the face of its own flaws, and yet, still somehow manages to impress.
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