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Summer of '42 Reviews

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June 9, 2011
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 | Original Score: 3/4
January 4, 2011
Visually lyrical film romance also has problems with dubious views on teen sexuality.
March 26, 2009
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.
December 30, 2006
In the early hijinks phase, the film seems like a dry run for Porky's, but it later gets into the business of fluttering curtains, walks on sandy beaches and longing glances.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 24, 2006
It forever misses, unlike American Graffiti, the heady sexual climate of adolescence to concentrate on the circumstances of the sex act itself.
August 27, 2005
"Summer Of '42" is an unforgettable meditation on sexual awakening and loss during WWII.
| Original Score: 5/5
May 9, 2005
"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 | Original Score: 3/5
May 3, 2005
One of the cinematic coming-of-age stories that started a trend.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
December 28, 2004
Nostalgic coming-into-manhood fantasy.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
October 23, 2004
Nostalgia is used as a distancing device -- to keep us safely insulated from the boy's immediate grief, love, and passion.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 24, 2003
The interaction between Grimes and his teenage co-stars - the sharp, crude Houser and the more innocent Conant - is engaging, and the spare, uncluttered soundtrack is recompense for Mulligan's overblown visuals.
August 21, 2002
Dates very badly indeed
| Original Score: 2/5
March 20, 2002
It's apparent in every scene that this is a highly personal film for screenwriter Raucher, and the nostalgia is so palpable that it nearly slides off the screen.
Read More | Original Score: 79/100
February 7, 2002
A discerning and appreciative translation of one boy's trip along a trajectory of psychological and sexual change.
January 9, 2006
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
June 26, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
September 23, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
October 5, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
September 20, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
August 22, 2003
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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