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Mid90s Reviews

November 5, 2018
If Superbad launched an entire subgenre that mocks male insecurity, Mid90s reveals, almost tenderly, the devastation of trying to hide it.
October 29, 2018
The drama is heartfelt but thin; despite some sharp and swift dialogue, the characters are bound to a defining trait or two, and there's little sense of style to lift the action past obvious intentions.
October 27, 2018
It's hard to tell if Hill is boldly refusing to adopt a point of view regarding dysfunction and its discontents, or if he just isn't quite sure what to make of it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 26, 2018
For most of the ride, Mid90s feels like an accurate time capsule - and a relatable journey even if you've never been on a skateboard in your life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 25, 2018
At just 84 minutes, "Mid90s" feels brief, like a sketch rather than a full painting. But Hill is finding his footing, landing one trick at a time, and he's off to a strong start.
Full Review | Original Score: B
October 25, 2018
It just observes, as young rebel movies have since the dawn of cinema, that life is something that happens while you're busy trying to skate around it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 25, 2018
A tender glance back at adolescence that dodges the kind of generational nostalgia suggested by the title.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 25, 2018
Not a lot happens in "Mid90s" but as a slice of teenage life, it feels almost like a documentary from that time, full of well-observed - if foul-mouthed and sometimes dangerous - moments that ring true.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
October 25, 2018
"Mid90s" is not brimming with plot, but there isn't a frame in which we don't feel transported to another time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 25, 2018
A terrific coming-of-age film from first-time director Jonah Hill. Sharp-eyed, tender and wise.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 25, 2018
It's as if Hill took his familiar sly humor and sneaked it into a segment from Richard Linklater's "Boyhood."
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 24, 2018
Though affectionately and sometimes precisely recalled, Jonah Hill's thinly sketched directorial debut "Mid90s" feels both sincerely personal and highly derivative at once.
October 24, 2018
Hill isn't offering a sociological treatise. "Mid90s" is all about lived experience. It's about a place and a time and offers little inkling of its characters' futures.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 22, 2018
Writer-director Jonah Hill shows the joy and warmth that comes in finding true kindred spirits in a pre-social media era.
October 19, 2018
Mid90s doesn't entirely work, but it shows some promise, and even some guts.
October 19, 2018
The film's rough edges sometimes feel like a first draft.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 18, 2018
Hill is content to coast like Stevie toward a pink-hued horizon, hoping the pavement isn't too bumpy. The movie is nostalgia, pure and simple, unfettered by examination.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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October 18, 2018
Mid90s just looks like a poser.
October 18, 2018
Hill envisions these endless days with a kid's-eye abstraction that's both timeless and firmly entrenched in its own era: his skate punks banter like Kevin Smith extras, wander like Richard Linklater dreamers, and misbehave like Larry Clark lost boys.
October 18, 2018
It longs to be received as an impeccable found artifact of its chosen decade, but also as a sly, knowing synthesis of its many obvious influences.
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October 18, 2018
The best period pieces, like Dazed and Confused or American Graffiti or Diner - to name three... influences on Mid90s - address the past with an eye toward an uncertain and troubling future. Hill cares merely to memorialize it.
October 17, 2018
explores the violent initiations of boys into manhood against the backdrop of a laid-back LA skate shop crew... quickly, this coming-of-age film becomes body horror.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
October 17, 2018
It's a movie about making choices in tough circumstances, and for the most part Hill makes pretty good ones.
October 17, 2018
Hill may well turn out to have a growing talent for directing. But he needs to match his subtler insights to a script that feels less derivative.
October 16, 2018
Jonah Hill's directorial debut, from a script he wrote himself, rewinds back to Clinton-era L.A., where a young kid gets an education in sex, drugs and skaterat culture. The result feels rough-hewn, hands-on and totally irresistible.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 15, 2018
Mid90s is more than an exercise in refracting the nostalgic radiance of its cultural touchstones. It's something both rougher and more tender, and still a little bit unformed.
Full Review | Original Score: B
October 10, 2018
Hill is too smart to mistake nostalgia and signifiers for storytelling. Instead, he makes Mid90s resonate with universal poignancy and electric energy; his kids are the best, messiest kind of real, and they're alright.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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October 8, 2018
The cast is mostly skaters, not actors, but they're persuasive as pals, and Hill is clearly having fun.
September 11, 2018
The best thing I can say about Mid90s is that Hill gets what it means to want to be cool. It's ironic that this is his debut's greatest liability.
September 11, 2018
Hill comes straight out of the gate here with a minor masterpiece.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 10, 2018
The first feature from writer-director Jonah Hill shows some of the best qualities of veteran actors who step behind the camera, with nuanced performances so real the characters practically fall off the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
September 10, 2018
A gem that feels simultaneously informed by its author's adolescence and the product of a serious artist's observational distance.
September 10, 2018
A slice of street life made up of skittery moments that achieve a bone-deep reality.