Summer of '42


Summer of '42

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In this irresistible coming-of-age piece, director Robert Mulligan narrates the film as the grown-up counterpart of Hermie, a teenager of the War Years who has a crush on twentyish Jennifer O'Neill. With O'Neill's soldier husband off to war, Grimes convinces himself that he can take hubby's place in every way.

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Critic Reviews for Summer of '42

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (17) | Rotten (5)

  • Summer of '42 has a large amount of charm and tenderness; it also has little dramatic economy and much eye-exhausting photography which translates to forced and artificial emphasis on a strungout story.

    Mar 26, 2009 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

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  • It forever misses, unlike American Graffiti, the heady sexual climate of adolescence to concentrate on the circumstances of the sex act itself.

    Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…

    Geoff Andrew

    Time Out
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  • "Summer of '42" is a memory movie, written, directed and acted with such uncommon good humor that I don't think you'll be put off by its sweet soft-focus, at least until you start analyzing it afterwards.

    May 9, 2005 | Rating: 3/5
  • Nostalgia is used as a distancing device -- to keep us safely insulated from the boy's immediate grief, love, and passion.

    Oct 23, 2004 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • People who actually recall 1942 will more greatly appreciate the waves of nostalgia that bathe this affectionate coming-of-age drama, set on a tiny island off New England.

    Jun 9, 2011 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Visually lyrical film romance also has problems with dubious views on teen sexuality.

    Jan 4, 2011 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Summer of '42

  • Nov 19, 2016
    A deliberately tender and sentimental coming of age tale wherein a young man is given his longed for first experience with sex, only under dark and tragic circumstances. Together with this, in this incredibly spare tale, is a nostalgic longing for what innocence there might have been in America in the time before WWll. That and a simple soundtrack by Michel Legrand translate what might've been tacky into a pretty decent Hallmark card from the home front circa 1942.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Apr 25, 2012
    Simple coming of age drama with great scores by Michel Legrand and beautiful scene. It has a very similar plot with Giuseppe Tornatore's Malena, which is one of my fave movies ever. I enjoyed this movie very much.
    Cita W Super Reviewer
  • Jul 20, 2010
    Very good romance :)
    Cassie H Super Reviewer
  • Jan 03, 2010
    Sorry, but I couldn't help but laugh. It was such a different time... WOW!
    Leigh R Super Reviewer

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