Submarine Reviews

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August 30, 2018
The beauty of Submarine is all in the details, particularly the script's wry observations, which can be excruciating.
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.).
October 18, 2011
A cool, well-directed, if somewhat sterile and self-consciously quirky affair about teen awkwardness, virginity, infidelity and dead-end marriages.
September 9, 2011
All of this makes it sound as if Ayoade is trying much too hard but the gentleness of his touch succeeds in keeping pretentiousness safely out of the picture.
September 7, 2011
There have been any number of movies about the problems faced by teenagers when they fall in and out of love, but the team behind Submarine seem to have got it all just right.
July 17, 2011
That rare teen comedy where the kids aren't gorgeous, the hero isn't heroic and the object of desire has a lot of reasons why she isn't necessarily desirable.
June 24, 2011
The result is a small, delicate comedy that depends on a continuity of tone that it pulls off. Oliver may not live happily ever after; but he manages to live happily enough here, and that's just fine.
June 24, 2011
An exercise in briny Welsh Weltzschmerz that tracks the inner and outer worlds of a confused teenage boy.
June 24, 2011
Oliver's oddball earnestness and desperation [come] across as wan affectations.
June 17, 2011
Submarine pulls off the difficult trick of being bittersweet without being saccharine and does so with a quietly riotous aplomb.
June 17, 2011
In its own right, "Submarine" is one of the best movies of the year.
June 16, 2011
"Submarine'' has its own specific miseries and darkly funny vibe. It makes quirkiness briefly seem like a good thing again.
June 16, 2011
For an unreliable narrator, Oliver's story is reliably entertaining.
June 15, 2011
The main problem with Submarine is that Oliver is not a likable protagonist.
June 10, 2011
Ayoade owes a debt to Wes Anderson, but the parents here are so beautifully written, and Hawkins and Taylor particularize them so well, that the movie manages to hold its own.
June 10, 2011
Whatever flaws the film may have, it's certainly unlike anything else in theaters right now.
June 10, 2011
These things could have easily resulted in a mass outbreak of broad comedy, but the actors play their roles completely straight. In Submarine, you truly ache through the awkward moments -- even as you're laughing out loud.
June 10, 2011
There are no really profound insights in "Submarine" except this: That you'll never really know another person unless you're willing to take the plunge.
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.
June 9, 2011
I suggest you take a chance on "Submarine" and find out if its particular comic angst rings any bells, be you male or be you female, Welsh or American, 16 or 61.
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