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July 28, 2011
No wacky antics, shocking behavior or life-shattering melodrama here, just an interest in small quiet moments that make up the indelible memories of youth.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
July 26, 2011
"Sleepover" may very well describe audience reaction to this soporific, unoriginal teen study.
July 23, 2011
A one-of-a-kind teen movie, which captures that distinctive moment in adolescent life when nostalgia, loss and anxiety begin to populate one's consciousness with ghosts.
July 22, 2011
I can sympathize with the need to connect with teen audiences without having to resort to the usual antics, but the answer is not to swap the real world for a patently fake one.
July 22, 2011
A talky, tortoise-paced teensploit which teases far more than it titillates.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
July 22, 2011
Moody exploration of teen social lives; lots of drinking.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 22, 2011
While there is some sense of the complex dynamics that propel all teen parties, the pacing drags in a way a summer night never should.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
July 21, 2011
David Robert Mitchell's auspicious debut feature owes a lot to "Dazed and Confused" and other coming-of-age flicks, but it's an engaging piece of filmmaking on its own, beautifully shot and acted.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 21, 2011
A coming-of-age movie that evokes the teenage experience through minor, incisive observation, then leaves without making anything so conspicuous as a statement.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
July 21, 2011
What Mr. Mitchell gets splendidly right in this quiet, observant film, is the unsteady mixture of sophistication and na´vetÚ that is central to the modern American teenage way of being in the world.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
July 21, 2011
It looks more like your teenage world than such films generally allow, and it's not pretty. It's beautiful.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
July 21, 2011
It's sweet and sticky and frisky and true to the awkwardness of adolescence, but with a healthy dose of tenderness.
July 20, 2011
Mitchell has an 
 ear for the tentativeness of adolescence, the way that everyone is trying on postures, attitudes, selves.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
July 20, 2011
Slightly clumsy but hugely endearing.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
July 20, 2011
Well-intentioned but derivative and only intermittently engaging, the suburban Michigan-set indie hits at least as many false notes as true ones.
July 20, 2011
A lovely, gentle and very true film set on a long night in a small Michigan city at the end of summer.
July 20, 2011
The limitations of a low budget and the relative inexperience.of the cast and crew don't mean much when they've crafted something this emotionally authentic.
July 20, 2011
Sleepover is less a fully realized artistic expression than an able reworking of a well-worn genre.
July 20, 2011
Few US indie films since Michael Lehmann's Heathers have shown the originality of The Myth of the American Sleepover, David Robert Mitchell's poignant debut feature.
July 20, 2011
The young director, whose day job is editing commercials, has never made a narrative feature-length movie before and shows no aptitude for it here.
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