Summer of '84 (2018)


Critic Consensus: Summer of '84 suffers from an overreliance on nostalgia for its titular decade, but a number of effective jolts may still satisfy genre enthusiasts.


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Summer, 1984: The perfect time to be 15 years old and free. But when neighborhood conspiracy theorist Davey Armstrong begins to suspect his police officer neighbor might be the serial killer all over the local news, he and his three best friends begin an investigation that soon turns dangerous.

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Graham Verchere
as Davey Armstrong
Judah Lewis
as Tommy 'Eats' Eaton
Caleb Emery
as Dale 'Woody' Woodworth
Cory Gruter-Andrew
as Curtis Farraday
Tiera Skovbye
as Nikki Kaszuba

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All Critics (48) | Top Critics (6)

Summer Of '84 never really gives us a reason why these kids should be friends, and although we spent most of the film watching them hang out, the direction is too stiff to call it a proper hangout movie.

Aug 10, 2018 | Rating: C | Full Review…
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A modest little suspense puzzle that simulates rather than builds on vastly better 'my neighbor may be a murderer' stories from Rear Window to Stranger Things.

Aug 10, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Once Summer of '84 kicks in, it kicks hard, and in its darkest moments, I was hoping the filmmakers had sprung on us a dream-sequence fake-out, perhaps in honor of Brian De Palma.

Aug 7, 2018 | Full Review…

Mystery-wise, the film teases viewers pretty effectively, with plenty of jolts that suggest the boys are on the right track balanced by other signs they're making something out of nothing.

Jul 16, 2018 | Full Review…

You'll have to really miss the mid-'80s to make it through [Summer of '84].

Jan 26, 2018 | Full Review…

"Summer of '84" is only cute and competent enough to be diverting; it's neither funny nor scary enough to leave a lasting impression.

Jan 25, 2018 | Full Review…
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