Sleeping Giant Reviews

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April 7, 2016
Everything changes over a single summer for the kids in Sleeping Giant, a superb coming-of-age story set in Northern Ontario.
December 10, 2015
Not just the best Canadian movie of 2015, but one of the year's best films, period.
October 2, 2015
Cividino creates a volatile, captivating and singular look at adolescence, wholly free of the sanitized antics of Hollywood.
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September 15, 2015
Boys will be boys, yes, but Cividino doesn't romanticize them: They can be pretty toxic, too.
September 15, 2015
What's particularly admirable here is the way the cast and filmmakers illuminate not just the wit and charm of young men, but also the callow cruelty of youth.
August 28, 2018
Sleeping Giant draws the viewer in despite the bland subject matter, making every character intriguing and maintaining suspense and the feeling of impeding trouble perfectly.
January 30, 2018
Sleeping Giant comes far closer than most teen-centric dramas to conveying the damage that young people can inflict on each other as they constantly jockey for power...
August 14, 2017
It's a film grounded in place that never quite finds its footing in plot.
July 11, 2016
More in line aesthetically with 2013's Kings of Summer than Cividino's original inspiration, Dazed and Confused, it evokes both those films' feeling of masculine camaraderie hiding real feelings.
June 29, 2016
These young actors are superb in their roles, each embodying the complexities of early teen life and the adult struggles they face without the maturity to appropriately handle.
May 29, 2016
An unfilmable concept inexplicably conquered by Cidivino, whose complex vision of youth is realized through a dizzying and intoxicating sense of boyish freedom.
April 28, 2016
While the story is about teens, it isn't made for teens. In fact, Sleeping Giant should probably be watched only by adults, who can look back knowing they somehow managed to live through those confusing, difficult, sometimes dangerous years.
April 27, 2016
You suspect something is going to go wrong, and of course it will; after all, the best that can happen is that they will grow up to become us.
April 21, 2016
Look for Cividino's star to rise rapidly in the future.
April 21, 2016
James Klopko's camerawork sweeps across magisterial landscapes with the gaze of kids at once awed by their surroundings and too addled with hormones and self-consciousness to take the time to really look.
April 14, 2016
Although there are fleeting moments of humour, loyalty, and tenderness in writer-director Andrew Cividino's debut, this is a film that draws its raw power from fearlessly exposing the ugly side of adolescence.
February 22, 2016
Jackson Martin, Nick Serino and Reece Moffett have great chemistry and give wonderfully naturalistic performances, making them easy to engage with.
October 28, 2015
Cidivino presents a fresh hand, agile and firm for a first time director, specially when it comes to the construction of the film and the organic way it builds up. [Full review in Spanish]
September 15, 2015
The ceaseless stupidity of men is lamented but also dissected in Sleeping Giant, a thoughtful, well-observed but also familiar coming-of-age drama.
September 15, 2015
The performances, especially from the three boys, are so naturalistic it feels like we're eavesdropping, though we could wish the women, especially the cipher mother, were better drawn.
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