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L'Heure d'été (Summer Hours) Reviews

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Keith Cohen
Entertainment Spectrum
July 10, 2009
The acting is superb and the cinematography is top drawer. French films are not shy about tackling real-life issues in a meaningful way
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
July 10, 2009
It's not sentimental. Yet it's devastating.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
June 25, 2009
Parts of Summer Hours feel very much like real life, which is both the film's strength and its ultimate weakness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeremy Heilman
MovieMartyr.com
June 24, 2009
Summer Hours is undeniably in touch with the way we live, eminently respectable, and a tad forced.
Full Review | Original Score: 66/100
Josh Hurst
Christianity Today
June 24, 2009
Echoes of so many other great Binoche movies: The haunted quality of Blue, the meditative tone of Flight of the Red Balloon, even the celebratory mood of Dan in Real Life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
June 19, 2009
Summer Hours is a slow, beautifully photographed film about what we value -- in the emotional and material realms.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Ray Bennett
Hollywood Reporter
June 19, 2009
Evocative look at a family trying to decide what to do with its treasures.
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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
June 19, 2009
Where a Hollywood film of a family feuding over a fabulous estate would surely end with a slapped face and an infantry charge of lawyers, Assayas's work concludes with a smile and a shrug. Life goes on. What else can it do?
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Greg Quill
Toronto Star
June 19, 2009
Performances in this small and profoundly eloquent film are superb, yet none redirects attention from Assayas's earnest meditation on the ravaging effects of a shrinking world on family traditions and entrenched personal relationships.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide
June 19, 2009
Bound up in this haunting, moving meditation on a family in transition are implicit questions about globalization and the relationship of art, life and culture, the past and the future.
Full Review | Original Score: A
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
June 18, 2009
Deeply moving in its subtle journey through regrets, memories, and the profound affection that inanimate objects can inspire in us...
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
June 11, 2009
As delicate, even effervescent, as any story about the dissolution of family ties could possibly be.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
June 11, 2009
This is a movie that, for all its once-over-lightliness, stays with one. Given what it's about, and the intelligence of its makers, how could it not?
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 5, 2009
While the ideas are worth considering, director Olivier Assayas moves the story at an escargot's pace, and the characters are gossamer thin.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
June 5, 2009
Thoughtful and evocative.
| Original Score: 3/4
Beverly Berning
culturevulture.net
May 29, 2009
Assayas has made a masterpiece with the restrained strokes of a contemplative and intelligent artist.
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
May 29, 2009
Summer Hours begins with an energetic treasure hunt. It ends reminding us how our lives are spent learning and unlearning what is to be treasured.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
May 28, 2009
Bittersweet, quietly poignant and emotionally resonant but without tears, it's a film about art that becomes a work of art itself.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies
May 26, 2009
I think you should see Summer Hours.
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Ben Lyons
At the Movies
May 26, 2009
This is a well constructed, tender, authentic story.
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