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Submarine Reviews

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Michael Nordine
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
October 25, 2011
A smug film made worse by its misuse of some genuinely arresting visuals.
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
Ebert Presents At The Movies
June 6, 2011
Film fetishism.
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
August 13, 2011
Maybe if you haven't seen so many films like this already then you'll get something out of it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Nicolas Rapold
Film Comment Magazine
July 1, 2013
The movie's conception of the tender agonies and embarrassments of would-be teenage lovers is hobbled by punchline cuts and predictable musical montages (carefree dashes, setting off bottle rockets, etc.).
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
June 24, 2011
Oliver's oddball earnestness and desperation [come] across as wan affectations.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
September 3, 2011
The story finds its emotional arc at the very end, but getting there is sometimes a tedious affair
Jim Schembri
The Age (Australia)
October 18, 2011
A cool, well-directed, if somewhat sterile and self-consciously quirky affair about teen awkwardness, virginity, infidelity and dead-end marriages.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper
June 10, 2011
If you take an instant dislike to this kid -- whose "charm" is so forced and unrelenting it's nearly impossible not to -- the film itself doesn't have much hope.
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
June 3, 2011
...plays an awful lot like "Rushmore" with a dash of "son of Rambow" thrown in...Newcomer Craig Roberts appears to have modeled his performance on "Harold and Maude's" deer-in-the-headlights Harold.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
June 8, 2011
Neither story nor characters evoke any sympathy, a bad thing for a coming-of-age movie.
Full Review | Original Score: C
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
June 10, 2011
By the time it rolls into its sluggish, momentum-free third act, Submarine has established itself as a disappointingly uneven piece of work...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Dustin Putman
TheFilmFile.com
June 9, 2011
Like its lead character of Oliver Tate, the film is preoccupied by its own self-consciousness. It means well, but it doesn't care enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
April 21, 2011
The self-absorbed teen's voiceovers are annoying and the movie's quirkiness is overdone.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
May 27, 2011
The film is so self-conscious it seems to be dictating your every reaction.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
June 1, 2011
Jumpy and desperate to eschew restless boredom, the whole thing looks like a series of rock videos.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
June 1, 2011
It's so relentless in its piling on of snappy effects... that it kind of plays like The Graduate going through steroid psychosis.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
June 2, 2011
An affected tale centered on one of those ultra-precocious adolescents one rarely if ever encounters outside of memoirs and sitcoms.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 9, 2011
After an OK start, "Submarine" sinks beneath sloggy pacing and a general lack of originality.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
June 9, 2011
Ayoade is better at establishing a road map of what "Submarine" is supposed to be rather than pulling all its elements together cohesively.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
June 15, 2011
The main problem with Submarine is that Oliver is not a likable protagonist.
| Original Score: 2/4
Leonard Maltin
ReelzChannel.com
March 10, 2012

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