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Somersault Reviews

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May 11, 2006
(Director Cate) Shortland has a sensitivity to the confused, unformed, irrational feelings that swirl around them.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
May 11, 2006
A small film, done with limited resources, but it's impressive -- and so is Cornish.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
May 7, 2006
This is a coming of age film that matters, an incredibly assured feature debut for Shortland and breakout performance for its star.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
May 3, 2006
Cornish is a marvel...
Full Review | Original Score: B
May 1, 2006
Just about everything that happens to Heidi explores that awkward cusp between adolescence and adulthood, and the film maintains a mild, interesting suspense because of it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 30, 2006
As a psychological portrait, it's indelible. As a filmgoing experience, however, it definitely requires patience.
Full Review | Original Score: B
April 26, 2006
... says more about the potent mix of restless sexuality and troubled adolescence than a shelf-full of young adult novels.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 23, 2006
Its central character, a 16-year-old who uses sex for intimacy, just might be the clue to the emotions that a great many teens go through.
Full Review | Original Score: B
April 23, 2006
There's not nearly enough sex
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
April 22, 2006
It's hard to think of another coming of age film, so dreamy and artfully photographed, that feels more like a horror movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
April 21, 2006
Somersault is a movie about the looks on people's faces and the disparity between the surface and the roiling chaos beneath.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
April 21, 2006
Cornish's raw, nuanced performance and Shortland's sympathetic but unsentimental portrayal of Heidi's fumbling steps toward maturity are underscored by Sydney-based band Decoder Ring's catchy, angst-ridden score.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
April 21, 2006
A good example of a movie about characters who aren't conventionally 'likeable,' but who are sympathetic and engaging nonetheless.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
April 21, 2006
Director Cate Shortland's first film is as remote, sullen and mercurial as her protagonist.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
April 21, 2006
The movie's centerpiece is a candid, fearless performance by newcomer Abbie Cornish.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
April 21, 2006
Somersault, the feature debut of Aussie writer-director Cate Shortland, showcases a brilliantly realistic performance by Abbie Cornish as Heidi.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 21, 2006
Shortland's script takes some unnecessary turns, mostly with Joe's drinking and sexual insecurities. But as long as it's focused on Heidi's predicament, it is riveting drama.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
April 21, 2006
A frank and visceral film that at the same time exudes an unexpected innocence.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 21, 2006
Often harrowing and traumatically tough-minded, this fine Australian film is ultimately about growth and some of the better attributes, like self-knowledge and forgiveness, that ideally come with it.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 21, 2006
Director Cate Shortland has created a truthful, textured tale, exploring the subtlety and sensuality in all her scenes -- and never taking them exactly where expected.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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