My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea Reviews

May 4, 2017
The animation set pieces scattered throughout the movie are frequently inspired, pulling in all manner of media and materials, and the backgrounds can be dazzling.
May 4, 2017
It's crazy and ridiculous at times. But I can't help agreeing with Assaf, who observes, of his companions' rescue plans, "I like it. It has the logic of a dream."
May 4, 2017
Shaw's animation is a loopy, inventive mish-mosh of elements: thick pen outlines, fine etching work, washes of finger-painted color, and the occasional outbreak of full-on psychedelia.
April 27, 2017
Doesn't plumb the depths of adolescent emotions and high-school politics so much as skims the surface in a psychedelic dinghy.
April 20, 2017
Mostly - as that title deserves - it's a funny, imaginative trip down a high-school rabbit hole, in which we're reminded that catastrophic disasters may come and go but what matters in high school is where you fit on the school's social ranking.
April 20, 2017
The story is strange seemingly for the sake of being strange, and Dash's sarcastic tone suggests that the whole thing is just a joke.
April 17, 2017
It's not like a trope-laden story registers as a high crime or anything, but there's little to recommend beyond the intermittent delights of the animation and the impassioned voice work.
April 14, 2017
Shaw's scattered visuals are reflective of adolescent emotional life. His kids are learning, in ways that recall both the insight of comic artist Lynda Barry and the lunkheadedness of "Beavis & Butthead."
April 14, 2017
Shaw's loose, thick characters throb on the colourful, ever-changing textured and hand-painted celluloid even as the cynical teens quip and quibble like world-weary literati.
April 13, 2017
As the picture continues, its brightly colored visuals grow ever more psychedelic and phantasmagoric.
April 13, 2017
A colorful, hand-drawn calamity comedy that is equal parts John Hughes, Wes Anderson and Irwin Allen.
Top Critic
April 13, 2017
The film knows how to wield emotional power, exaggerating the anxieties of its adolescent heroes until they become actual threats to their existence. There's nothing else like it for many fathoms.
April 13, 2017
Holy guacamole! Fast Times at Ridgemont High collides with The Poseidon Adventure in graphic novelist Dash Shaw's exuberant animated mash-up.
Top Critic
April 12, 2017
This handmade approach is a big part of the film's DIY charm. It's also a perfect match for the story, which seems to have been pulled, too, from the messy locker of teen-boy imagination.
April 12, 2017
Sinking Into the Sea is fun, but an hour of just Rudolph and Watts in the recording studio would be no less buoyant.
January 31, 2017
Shaw maintains a thrilling pace in which anything can happen, and often does: Jellyfish! Explosions! Spontaneous flight! Evil jocks ruled by an obnoxious football star voiced by John Cameron Mitchell!
September 13, 2016
Combining a disaster movie with a high school comedy while also animating it is a rather ambitious combination. What's even more incredible is just how well it all works.
September 12, 2016
The annoyance factor of "My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea" extends to the animation, which is remorselessly clever and original yet still oddly uninvolving; it's like being buried in a dump truck's worth of antic indie drollery.
September 11, 2016
A sweetly subversive dig at the constricting codes of teen hierarchies, the sheep-like mentality of youth and the failures of the education system.