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Somersault Reviews

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June 6, 2006
How a down-to-earth country like Australia grew so attached to the pretentious Somersault, I have no idea.
Full Review | Original Score: C
October 28, 2005
there is an idea of a movie here, but no real movie.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
May 31, 2006
The 'free spirited innocent' archetype doesn't convincingly share residence with this numbly sexual Lolita.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
April 20, 2006
Shortland appears to have a great fascination with objects like pine needles and gas jets, but the pic's visual flourishes tend to be distracting in their restless artiness.
March 21, 2005
Motivation is never allowed to develop.
April 16, 2006
An exercise in film-school pretense, Somersault prettifies the ugliness of a girl's sexual experience after she leaves her mother's nest.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
June 9, 2006
Moves with all of the sluggish energy of stop-and-go traffic during rush hour. It just keeps marking time until Heidi has another brief sexual encounter with some new guy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 23, 2006
There's not nearly enough sex
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
May 18, 2006
Heavy on atmosphere but very light on plot.
Read More | Original Score: C
May 18, 2006
My impression remained this time around of an unfinished screenplay in which too many intervals of small talk masqueraded as the forerunners of emotional events that never materialized.
June 16, 2006
Pretty slow and predictable, and filled with soap opera-like plot contrivances.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 14, 2006
Generous and authentic.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 18, 2006
A moody sojourn into the horrific funhouse of adolescence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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 30, 2006
As a psychological portrait, it's indelible. As a filmgoing experience, however, it definitely requires patience.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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+
February 9, 2006
Shortland well deserves the awards already lavished on her back home in Australia.
February 26, 2005
Not an earth-shattering film by any means, but it's thoughtfully and beautifully made.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
March 23, 2005
A mesmerizing Australian movie about one lonely sixteen-year-old girl's yearning for intimacy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 20, 2006
Based on her painfully vulnerable performance, don't be surprised when the promising [Abbie] Cornish joins Hollywood's pool of Aussie ex-pats.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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