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L'Heure d'été (Summer Hours) Reviews

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Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
May 16, 2009
Has exquisite cinematography and an initially intriguing plot, but that doesn't compensate for its bland and meandering screenplay that lacks palpable dramatic tension and fails to bring any of its characters to life.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.9/10
Mark Demetrius
FILMINK (Australia)
April 3, 2009
Summer Hours meanders along as a restrained mood piece, and is quite good and moving in parts, but it's just plain flat in others.
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
May 15, 2009
Even for a French drama, Summer Hours is so slow as to be practically still.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
January 14, 2010
Full Review | Original Score: 0/5
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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
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
Louis Proyect
rec.arts.movies.reviews
December 7, 2009
Supposedly a meditation on globalization and family ties, but to this reviewer it is much more of a French art movie version of Antique Roadshow.
Frédéric Bonnaud
Film Comment Magazine
November 17, 2013
( ... ) Summer Hours is Assayas's best film set on home turf-the one that best puts things in perspective and loudly proclaims that one must know how to shed dead skin to go on living.
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
May 15, 2009
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Coco Forsythe
Future Movies UK
May 15, 2009
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
June 2, 2010
...leisurely paced but intensely gripping film - which doesn't lend itself to facile capsulization - follows three generations of a French family as they prepare for the imminent death of their matriarch
Full Review | Original Score: 88/100
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
May 21, 2009
The actors all find the correct notes. It is a French film, and so they are allowed to be adult and intelligent.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
May 7, 2009
Anyone who discovers more to this movie than 'much talk and little action' will develop a rapport with the characters. They are reflections of us, and therein lies their ability to compel attention.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
May 22, 2009
The texture and flow of Summer Hours, the supple quality of the acting, the fluid camerawork isolating this or that observer while life flows on and domestic crises ebb and flow -- it all comes together as formidably detailed and easy-breathing cra
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
William Goss
Orlando Weekly
December 17, 2009
The sheer banality of the proceedings -- appraisals! attorneys! -- threatens to rob those few poignant moments of their own dramatic value.
John P. McCarthy
Boxoffice Magazine
April 24, 2009
Assayas presents a contemplative etude on the passage of time and the markings of material and spiritual loss.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
August 26, 2011
Has the feel, if not the look, of an old man's film, a meditation on the passing of time.
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
August 25, 2009
Intense yet airy
Simon Weaving
Screenwize
April 2, 2009
A fractured, ultra-naturalistic and detached examination of the significance of memory and the value of objects, explored through the story of three siblings dealing with their mother's death
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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