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The Myth Of The American Sleepover Reviews

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Giovanni Fazio
Japan Times
August 24, 2016
Sleepover is evocative but a little underwhelming.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Philip French
Observer (UK)
September 3, 2012
It's an unsentimental debut of some promise and it has the ring of truth.
Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard
August 31, 2012
Nicely acted, beautifully shot, ultimately disappointing ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Henry Barnes
Guardian
August 30, 2012
Writer/director David Robert Mitchell's sweet, sexless drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
August 30, 2012
David Robert Mitchell's moodily magical first feature.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Marc Lee
Daily Telegraph (UK)
August 30, 2012
A likeable cast of unknowns wriggle convincingly through the awkwardness of late adolescence in first-time director David Robert Mitchell's low-key indie drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Jenkins
Little White Lies
August 30, 2012
Soulful, heartening and - in its final scene - heartbreaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
August 29, 2012
Beautifully shot, nostalgia-fuelled teen drama that plays out in dreamlike fashion and is content to unfold at its own unhurried pace ...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Cath Clarke
Time Out
August 28, 2012
There's a lot to like here - not least disarmingly natural performances from the mostly non-professional actors.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Simon Miraudo
Quickflix
September 19, 2011
The Myth of the American Sleepover is a minor entry into the genre, but it more than adequately captures that heartbreaking time we all once shared, and leaves us with that feeling of longing ... we still have for it today.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
September 1, 2011
I remember 15. It was a mess. Mitchell's movie serenely amplifies the mess.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
August 31, 2011
David Robert Mitchell's impressive if derivative debut doesn't delve so much into a myth as a mini-genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
August 5, 2011
The Myth of the American Sleepover is an indie movie-lover's dream, one of those rare instances where a lack of budget and experience is trumped by heartfelt vision, natural talent and amateur enthusiasm.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Jeremy Heilman
MovieMartyr.com
August 4, 2011
The narcoleptic, resigned tone that dominates The Myth of the American Sleepover doesn't make us regret what we've lost. It mostly implies that being young is a major bummer.
Full Review | Original Score: 39/100
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
August 2, 2011
Some of Mitchell's scenes are poignant and insightful, some are a bit too twee (cue the next Magnetic Fields tune), but as far as first-time efforts go, this Michigan-based indie mostly impresses.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate
August 2, 2011
A poignant, impressionistically sweet coming-of-age drama
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Dustin Putman
TheFilmFile.com
August 1, 2011
Dodging easy melodrama and preferring to focus on the little moments that stay with us in our memories through the years, the picture's low-key indelibility sneaks up on the audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Nora Lee Mandel
Film-Forward.com
July 31, 2011
Both fresh and familiar,. . .[t]he irony of spending time with normal kids. . .played by a personable, age-appropriate, sweetly charming cast . . . is they are a bit bland.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Dave White
Movies.com
July 29, 2011
It never lies about teenage castes and doesn't spread itself too thinly in any sort of egalitarian attempt to cover all the bases.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
July 29, 2011
With "The Myth of the American Sleepover," first-time writer-director David Robert Mitchell tells a coming-of-age tale with such freshness and such bemused insight it's as if it has never been told before.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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