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The Myth Of The American Sleepover Reviews

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Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
April 4, 2011
The film's restraint and reliance on non-professional actors ends up creating something that often feels stilted and unintentionally absurd rather than naturalistic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Kam Williams
NewsBlaze
July 22, 2011
A talky, tortoise-paced teensploit which teases far more than it titillates.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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
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Rob Nelson
Variety
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.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
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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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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.
David Noh
Film Journal International
July 26, 2011
"Sleepover" may very well describe audience reaction to this soporific, unoriginal teen study.
Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard
August 31, 2012
Nicely acted, beautifully shot, ultimately disappointing ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Giovanni Fazio
Japan Times
August 24, 2016
Sleepover is evocative but a little underwhelming.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kate Messer
Austin Chronicle
July 21, 2011
It's sweet and sticky and frisky and true to the awkwardness of adolescence, but with a healthy dose of tenderness.
John Gholson
Cinematical
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.
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Andrew Wallenstein
Hollywood Reporter
July 20, 2011
Sleepover is less a fully realized artistic expression than an able reworking of a well-worn genre.
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
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
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
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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.
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
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James Rocchi
MSN Movies
July 19, 2011
Funny and frank, real and romantic, Myth feels like a mix of a poem and a party, as brief and beautiful as the right kind of summer night.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Henry Barnes
Guardian
August 30, 2012
Writer/director David Robert Mitchell's sweet, sexless drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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