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The Myth Of The American Sleepover Reviews

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
September 1, 2011
I remember 15. It was a mess. Mitchell's movie serenely amplifies the mess.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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+
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
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
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 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
Sleepover is less a fully realized artistic expression than an able reworking of a well-worn genre.
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 19, 2011
Mitchell seems trapped in an unspecified '90s-ish retro zone, and you wonder how good his sleepovers really were.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 19, 2011
Mitchell finds a balance that's just right in juggling all these emotions and presenting them believably in screen. His little movie is pretty much perfect in depicting youthful imperfection.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
July 19, 2011
Sloma is always interesting to watch: She's even almost credible when tasked with delivering the film's thesis in the form of a lesson learned.
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
July 19, 2011
Mitchell has pushed a familiar genre in deeper directions.