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It Felt Like Love Reviews

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Zach Hollwedel
Under the Radar
September 8, 2014
It Felt Like Love is Hittman's first credited feature, and when it begins to slow, one can tell that she is perhaps still navigating the transition from short to full-length.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Mike D'Angelo
The Dissolve
March 18, 2014
[The director] Hittman demonstrates enough talent [...] to suggest that she could make a terrific film. All she needs is an original idea.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
March 18, 2014
The filmmaker has fallen for some of indiedom's worst clichés, including our main character's sad stare out to the ocean, and soft camerawork that's beginning to sound like a Klaxon: Hug me, hug me, hug me.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rob Thomas
Madison Movie
May 9, 2014
Hittman wraps her pointed agenda in a deceptively lovely tone poem about adolescence and summer, almost impressionistic in its evocation of the raging hormones of the teenage years.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Brad Keefe
Columbus Alive
April 24, 2014
It's neither overly sentimental nor obnoxiously cautionary.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Beth Hanna
Thompson on Hollywood
March 27, 2014
First-time feature filmmaker Hittman, working with the talented DP Sean Porter, has a natural way with visuals that communicates the curiosity running rabid through the blood of summer-idle teenagers.
Danny King
Paste Magazine
March 27, 2014
The scenes between Lila, Sammy, and Sammy's macho friends feature some of Hittman's most acute dialogue and direction.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.9/10
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Katie Walsh
The Playlist
March 17, 2014
The film is an intimate and tender look at female sexuality that allows for a feminist interpretation of this scenario that has historically been viewed through a misogynist lens.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Inkoo Kang
Los Angeles Times
March 27, 2014
Rarely has the zone between girlhood and womanhood been captured with such urgent honesty than in Eliza Hittman's superb teen drama "It Felt Like Love."
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A.A. Dowd
AV Club
March 20, 2014
It's easy to be seduced by the loosely observational vibe of the movie, even as its tale of a shrinking violet struggling not to be a late bloomer fails to strike more than a single note of dismay.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Violet Lucca
Film Comment Magazine
March 17, 2014
While there's nothing unusual about seeing a teenager trying to break free of the unindividuated and invisible state of childhood, the way in which it unfolds in Eliza Hittman's debut feature is deeply uncomfortable.
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
April 3, 2014
Hittman draws attention to the pervasive cultural forces (rap music, Internet pornography, suggestive dancing on TV) that present young girls as sexual objects, making the scenes of exploitation seem sadly inevitable.
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March 20, 2014
It Felt Like Love doesn't exactly have a plot, which feels absolutely right for a film whose elliptical yet intensely focused visual style seem to flow directly from Lila's consciousness.
Chuck Bowen
Slant Magazine
March 16, 2014
Eliza Hittman's film captures the exclusive properties of sex with a degree of intimacy and empathy that, at times, feels authentically revelatory.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Robert Levin
March 21, 2014
A coming-of-age movie down to its marrow.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Sarah Boslaugh
May 16, 2014
[Hittman's] offbeat visual style ... helps put you inside the mind of the lead character, for whom nothing is clear.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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Richard Brody
New Yorker
November 11, 2013
Eliza Hittman's first feature brings bracing insight and intimacy to the familiar subject of a teen-ager's sexual awakening ...
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Sara Stewart
New York Post
March 20, 2014
Gorgeously shot in Brooklyn's beachfront neighborhoods and devoid of easy sentimentality, "It Felt Like Love" features realistic performances all around, understandable given the cast of mostly first-time actors.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Eric Kohn
March 17, 2014
More than anything else, It Felt Like Love successfully turns the coming-of-age formula into a foreboding nightmare.
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
March 17, 2014
A convincing tale of a too-early coming of age gets strong performances from a cast of newcomers.
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