Hot Summer Nights Reviews

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.
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."
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July 27, 2018
There's plenty to look at, but nothing really works here.
July 27, 2018
Hot Summer Nights stumbles, grasping for meaning and mood, relying heavily on one of the more insistent soundtracks in recent memory.
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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
Falling into the same trap as many nostalgia pieces before it, it stops being about a lived time or place, and seems content to just be about other movies.
July 26, 2018
In "Hot Summer Nights," Chalamet proves he's learned Hollywood's most important trick of all: consistency.
July 26, 2018
For me, it mostly proved a waste of time.
July 26, 2018
Feels like a "Miami Vice" episode ripped out of some sensitive and nostalgic teen dude's diary.
July 24, 2018
Bynum's messy debut film is only bearable thanks to Chalamet's charisma.
July 24, 2018
A sizzle reel of romantic vice and nostalgia that wears out its welcome fairly fast, leaving a magazine spread of flash, color, and play-acted anguished youth that you can tap your toes to. But jukeboxes aren't movies.
July 23, 2018
Essentially a humid, fantastically soundtracked pile of screenwriting clichés about a disaffected teen discovering sex, drugs, and trouble one Cape Cod summer circa 1991.
June 27, 2018
Bynum swerves this story into gangster territory without an exit strategy. It's as if he felt the movie was always one ingredient shy of having a distinct taste of its own, and kept adding things to the mix until he ran out of time.
November 21, 2017
[Elijah Bynum] solicits strong performances from his young cast - especially Timothe Chalamet as the teenage fish out of water - and blends humor and increasingly dark sensibility to good effect.
March 15, 2017
Visually atmospheric but tonally all over the place, Hot Summer Nights, a first feature by Elijah Bynum, has much to appreciate but ultimately possesses the sampler-platter vibe of a director's demo reel.