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The Myth Of The American Sleepover Reviews

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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
July 22, 2011
A talky, tortoise-paced teensploit which teases far more than it titillates.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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
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
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.
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 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 26, 2011
"Sleepover" may very well describe audience reaction to this soporific, unoriginal teen study.
August 31, 2012
Nicely acted, beautifully shot, ultimately disappointing ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 24, 2016
Sleepover is evocative but a little underwhelming.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
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.
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
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
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
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 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
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
August 30, 2012
Writer/director David Robert Mitchell's sweet, sexless drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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