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Somersault Reviews

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Cole Smithey
April 15, 2009
Newcomer Abbie Cornish is a revelation of empathy and dramatic transparency in a role riddled with moral landmines.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 13, 2009
A psychological drama that registered with audiences and critics alike because of its heartfelt painful story.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Keith H. Brown
Eye for Film
December 7, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rex Roberts
Film Journal International
February 22, 2007
A well-wrought if modest movie that lingers with you longer than many more ambitious pictures.
Top Critic
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
July 14, 2006
Generous and authentic.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Paul Doro
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
June 9, 2006
An incisive and emotive account of a girl masquerading as a woman, and the danger that entails.
| Original Score: 3/4
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
May 27, 2006
This is an honest movie that should, but probably won't, be seen by the tweenie crowd.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Kimberley Jones
Austin Chronicle
May 27, 2006
It is pretty, and it stays just left of the dial of darlingness, and Cornish's is the most goddamn, gosh-wow debut I've seen in years.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 26, 2006
She may be promiscuous, but she's a stronger person than Joe and a better person than all the men in the movie put together. I was impressed with Abbie Cornish's performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
May 25, 2006
[Cornish] creates a character who pulls us in and makes us recoil all at once.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle
May 19, 2006
Heartfelt, painful, exhilarating and, above all, truthful.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
May 18, 2006
A moody sojourn into the horrific funhouse of adolescence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
May 12, 2006
Shortland's payoff is good and redolent of wisdom. But getting there is like sitting in a waiting room with stale magazines.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
May 12, 2006
Shortland balances showing Heidi as a heartbreaking mess -- doing a jailbait dance here, impulsively swallowing a mouthful of chili peppers there -- and judging her for it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
May 11, 2006
Reflects surprisingly assured filmmaking sensibilities, especially when it comes to portraying the foibles and preoccupations of young women at loose ends.
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
May 11, 2006
(Director Cate) Shortland has a sensitivity to the confused, unformed, irrational feelings that swirl around them.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
May 11, 2006
A small film, done with limited resources, but it's impressive -- and so is Cornish.
| Original Score: 3/4
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
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-
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
May 3, 2006
Cornish is a marvel...
Full Review | Original Score: B
Jessica Letkemann
Premiere Magazine
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
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