How I Ended This Summer - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

How I Ended This Summer Reviews

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Don Groves
December 25, 2010
A long, dreary, chilly Arctic thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine
January 30, 2011
A sort of reductio ad absurdum of the long-take approach to filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express (UK)
April 21, 2011
An atmospheric, beautifully photographed but ultimately rather pointless existential Russian drama about two contrasting men stuck together on a deserted Arctic island to record meteorological data.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Kimberly Gadette
Indie Movies Online
February 23, 2011
When it finally concluded, how did the filmmakers end this summer? With an aching crawl, all the while giving us a sharp sense of regret for the fine film buried underneath the tons upon tons of tundra.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/10
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
March 4, 2011
full review at Movies for the Masses
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Christopher Null
February 3, 2011
uneasy but important
| Original Score: 3/5
Anthony Quinn
Independent (UK)
April 22, 2011
It proceeds at a dour and Russian kind of pace, mildly intriguing without ever cranking up the pressure to become compelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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David Jenkins
Time Out
April 20, 2011
So-called 'slow cinema', if executed with delicacy, has the power to exert a trance-like hold over us, but this one falls flat at every dreary hurdle.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 11, 2012
Bleak and unfulfilling psychological thriller set at a Russian meteorological camp on a desolate island in the Arctic Circle.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Simon Miraudo
February 28, 2011
How I Ended This Summer is a frustrating movie. It is unspeakably gorgeous to behold, endlessly enthralling ... and yet, all I can think about is the immense stupidity of its protagonist.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane
April 7, 2011
I've not convinced there's enough material to drag this story out into two hours but the film is to be admired for its setting.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
April 4, 2011
How I Ended This Summer is a fascinating character study that is beautifully filmed in a largely unseen part of the world.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Mark Stafford
Electric Sheep
April 19, 2011
It's a film about temperament and time and territory, clearly shot in arduous conditions in a bleak and breathtaking landscape.
Sloan Freer
Radio Times
April 21, 2011
It's the complex performances that keep the simple narrative compelling, with Puskepalis, in the less showy role, conveying a quiet threat that racks up the tension during the unpredictable final third.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Adam Woodward
Little White Lies
April 21, 2011
Popogrebsky's film eloquently typifies Russian cinema's current frame of mind.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Simon Weaving
June 26, 2011
A cinematic and dramatic treat, this spectacular piece of contemporary Russian filmmaking follows two meteorologists stationed on a remote Arctic island. An allegory on old and new Russia, it's part art-house thriller and part atmospheric poetry.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Anton Bitel
Eye for Film
January 12, 2011
a work of chilling beauty, whose sparse, unforgiving landscapes can accommodate all manner of allegorical readings.
Annette Basile
FILMINK (Australia)
April 5, 2011
How I Ended This Summer is over-long with too many empty stretches. It tests your endurance, yet this uncomfortable Arctic trip just still might be worth taking.
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
April 2, 2011
Filled with cinematic gems, from the time lapse photography of the landscape to the raw storyline (Ingmar Bergman comes to mind), the film has an immersive quality... Flawed, but exceptional all the same
David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)
April 6, 2011
This magnificent film is the third feature from young Russian director Alexei Popogrebsky, who is clearly a major talent, able to tell a story almost entirely through visual means.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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