Something in the Air Reviews

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March 3, 2014
Something in the Air is a splendid title for a one-of-a-kind film -- a political mood movie that's more revelatory and exciting than almost any political melodrama.
May 24, 2013
A coming-of-age drama which boasts delicious camerawork, a perfect soundtrack and fascinating insights into the importance of cinema. It's desultory to a fault.
May 24, 2013
A wispy picture, likeable certainly but lacking in crispness and clarity.
May 23, 2013
Assayas captures a season in the lives of a group that envisioned themselves as bearers of truth ...
May 23, 2013
This might just be Assayas' masterpiece.
May 23, 2013
The ideas get lost in the nostalgic, elegaic glow, but that glow is nurtured expertly.
May 21, 2013
Free of nostalgia and not overly critical in hindsight, it captures the immediacy of youth in hugely endearing fashion.
May 16, 2013
Every kid believes the world around him is changing in ways it hasn't before; for these kids, it really was. Or had.
May 10, 2013
The pretty actors and counterculture nostalgia kept reminding me of Bernardo Bertolucci's The Dreamers. This is a much better film, infused with Assayas's characteristic love for the freshness of nature and the eagerness of youth.
May 9, 2013
Worth seeing for what it says of the turbulent state of France in the early 1970s, when Mr. Assayas was a high-school student in Paris ...
May 9, 2013
A clear-eyed - if largely plot-free - memory play from writer-director Olivier Assayas, whose previous films have veered from the bizarre ("Demonlover," "Boarding Gate") to the poignant ("Summer Hours").
May 9, 2013
Fans of Assayas's "Cold Water" and "Summer Hours" will appreciate the fluid camerawork that snakes from room to room in some of the most seductive adolescent party scenes ever committed to film.
May 6, 2013
The whole film, though it kicks off with a riot and a firebombing, soon acquires a listless and guttering air ...
May 3, 2013
Assayas doesn't bring out the fiery best in this material, but he's smart enough to know that revolutionaries like their comforts as much as the ruling class does.
May 3, 2013
In creating a mashup of a Paris rocked by political storms and a young man in just as much turmoil, the director has given us a glimpse of an imperfect moment and an imperfect life in a slightly imperfect but wonderful film.
May 3, 2013
It does capture the high emotionalism of a very specific point in a person's life, where the magnitude of the injustices around you is surpassed only by the firm belief that you and your friends alone know an easy way to end them.
May 3, 2013
[It] has the aroma of an autobiographical confession by someone for whom life hasn't been overly difficult.
May 2, 2013
Mr. Assayas's method is observant and immersive. His camera moves among young bodies like an invisible friend, and his somewhat messy narrative is propelled by fidelity to feeling rather than by the machinery of plot.
May 2, 2013
It's a terrific film, wonderfully atmospheric and alive ...
Top Critic
May 2, 2013
Viewers who didn't live through the period may not find them evocative. But this movie is about the choices that turn children into adults, and the attempt to balance conflicting enthusiasms.
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