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Caroline McKenzie
Slant Magazine
October 30, 2012
The film succeeds in creating a dense atmospheric feel and avoids generic tropes, but it does so somewhat at the neglect of its characters and narrative.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
Chicago Sun-Times
February 14, 2013
It's not just that film is underdeveloped - it's that it feels unwilling to develop, preferring to leave its characters and plot points static. The result feels stunted.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Gail Tolley
The List
April 18, 2012
Any sympathy for these characters and their lives dissipates quickly on reaching scenes filled with cliched symbolism, like the burning of treasured possessions on a beach and running into the sea in an emotional outburst
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Dustin Putman
November 1, 2012
In the annals of gay cinema about growing up, "North Sea Texas" is, regrettably, an unoriginal and rather disposable take on a subject that's been done much better in the past.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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David Fear
Time Out
October 31, 2012
Once the visual touches fade away ... there's nothing to stop the parade of clichés.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Chris Packham
Village Voice
November 1, 2012
A soulful, slightly hyperreal comedy ...
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
February 15, 2013
This debut feature by noted short-film director Bavo Defurne emphasizes ambiance over storytelling, but that ambiance is so flavorsome you might not mind.
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
December 20, 2012
A reasonably realistic slice of lower-middle-class European life with a repressed protagonist named Pim.
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David Lewis
San Francisco Chronicle
December 7, 2012
It's a story that's been told countless times, but first-time director Bavo Defurne has such an assured hand and visual flair (much credit also belongs to cinematographer Anton Mertens) that everything seems fresh and new.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Henry Barnes
April 5, 2012
North Sea Texas looks beautiful, is acted brilliantly, but it's hard to get a hold on when Pim's drifting by in a dream world.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Richard Knight
Windy City Times
June 27, 2014
There's a chilly, wistful and rather matter-of-fact tone to the proceedings and this helps separate the rather run-of-the-mill aspects of the plot from the herd of teenager-in-love movies.
Sam Wigley
Total Film
March 26, 2012
Drawing affecting performances from a fledgling cast, Defurne's film is a poignant snapshot of square-peg adolescent desire, vibrantly set against a colourful backdrop.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Allan Hunter
Daily Express (UK)
April 6, 2012
A delicate little heartwarmer of a film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 17, 2012
As competent as the acting is, it's the filmmaking that brings this coming-of-age saga into the realm of brilliantly crafted cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
November 1, 2012
A simmering drama powered by fully drawn characters and fine performances.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Ben Walters
Time Out
April 3, 2012
Family life and adult power are central here, allowing for bittersweet engagement with emotions over time and the compromises of living in reality.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
November 1, 2012
"North Sea Texas" explores emergent sexuality and first love with a refreshing optimism.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)
April 5, 2012
Complicated nicely by the unrequited crush of Vergels' sister on their friend, it's a film of supple visual flair and delicately acted appeal: Florizoone in particular is the bee's knees.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matthew Turner
April 14, 2012
Beautifully directed, emotionally engaging coming-of-age drama with a sharp script, a strong sense of time and place and terrific performances from its entire cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip French
Observer (UK)
April 7, 2012
An understated film, strong on mood, a bit reminiscent of Shelagh Delaney's A Taste of Honey.
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