Summer of '42 (1971) - Rotten Tomatoes

Summer of '42 (1971)




Critic Consensus: No consensus yet.

Summer of '42 Videos

Summer of '42 Photos

Movie Info

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.
Classics , Comedy , Drama , Romance
Directed By:
Written By:
In Theaters:

Watch it now


Gary Grimes
as Hermie
Oliver Conant
as Benjie
Lou Frizzell
as Druggist
Walter Scott
as Dorothy's Husband
Maureen Stapleton
as Hermie's Mother
Robert Mulligan
as Narrator
Show More Cast

News & Interviews for Summer of '42

Critic Reviews for Summer of '42

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (4)

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.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

"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.

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

Nostalgia is used as a distancing device -- to keep us safely insulated from the boy's immediate grief, love, and passion.

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | June 9, 2011
TV Guide

Visually lyrical film romance also has problems with dubious views on teen sexuality.

Full Review… | January 4, 2011
Classic Film and Television

Audience Reviews for Summer of '42


A really strong coming of age movie with a wonderful screenplay, ensemble performances, cinematography, and music. This came out the same year as The Last Picture Show that is lauded more for being a great coming of age movie but I feel this one is stronger than that movie.

Kyle Bailey
Kyle Bailey

Very good romance :)

Cassie Hill
Cassie Hill

Super Reviewer


Sorry, but I couldn't help but laugh. It was such a different time... WOW!

Leigh Ryan
Leigh Ryan

Super Reviewer

Summer of '42 Quotes

There are no approved quotes yet for this movie.

Discussion Forum

Discuss Summer of '42 on our Movie forum!

News & Features