See You Yesterday

Critics Consensus

See You Yesterday marries a novel sci-fi premise with urgent social relevance and forges something excitedly new from the union -- providing an impressive showcase for star Eden Duncan-Smith and debut writer-director Stefon Bristol.

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Total Count: 37

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High school best friends and science prodigies C.J. and Sebastian spend every spare minute working on their latest homemade invention: backpacks that enable time travel. But when C.J.'s older brother Calvin dies after an encounter with police officers, the young duo decide to put their unfinished tech to use in a desperate bid to save Calvin. From director Stefon Bristol and producer Spike Lee comes See You Yesterday, a sci-fi adventure grounded in familial love, cultural divides and the universal urge to change the wrongs of the past.

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  • Though the movie encounters some of the usual pitfalls of time-travel plots (predictability, muddled rules) and sports some hokey, eighties-style special effects, what it offers in terms of diversity and messaging is a treasure.

    May 29, 2019 | Full Review…
  • The teenagers speak with authentic voices, and Bristol builds a believable world for them (they conduct their science experiments inside Sebastian's grandmother's garage) without bogging them down in science.

    May 17, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • An ambitious, striking debut that takes unexpected creative risks and heralds the arrival of an exciting new filmmaker.

    May 17, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • At its core, "See You Yesterday" is a story about grief and the inevitable question so many mourners have asked themselves: Could I have done anything to forestall my loved one's death?

    May 17, 2019 | Full Review…
  • See You Yesterday finds a striking-yet-natural balance between genre concept and a harsh reality that is achingly familiar to the people who have to navigate it every day.

    May 15, 2019 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

    Shannon Miller

    AV Club
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  • Eden-Smith makes the film her own, right up to the surprising, challenging and altogether sharp final note.

    May 10, 2019 | Full Review…

    Nick Schager

    Variety
    Top Critic

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