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A Summer's Tale Reviews

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May 26, 2016
Eric Rohmer characters never get a vacation from their personality hang-ups. Strangely, they are still good company, thanks to the auteur's feather-light touch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
March 28, 2016
A piercingly funny work of indecision.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
September 4, 2014
The film is a welcome tonic to the cinematic landfill that gets pushed into theatres this time of year.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 29, 2014
[Rohmer] gives us a concept of time passed, of meals eaten, of travel and weather. In other words, these characters are talking about their lives while they live them, trying to figure it all out as it happens.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 29, 2014
A Summer's Tale is one of those movies where it looks like nothing is happening ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 22, 2014
Few directors could say as much with as little as Eric Rohmer.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
August 22, 2014
This one perfectly captures the promise of summer love, of flings that may not lead anywhere and probably weren't supposed to, practiced by young people who believe everything good lies ahead of them.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
August 21, 2014
There's a purity to the experience of watching a film so naturalistic, like living in someone else's life for two hours.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 8, 2014
It's one of Rohmer's finest, brimming with his usual mix of gorgeous locations and beautiful people caught up in romantic entanglements that challenge their misguided concepts of love.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
July 31, 2014
The best films leave space for viewers to interpret the action. Here Rohmer insists on it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 18, 2014
This is a movie of high innocence, set at a time in life when romantic love is still a frolic and the seaside is a balm that quells all ills.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
July 18, 2014
...an easygoing sort of film. Rohmer takes his time getting where he's going. His is a measured gait, however, not just narrative meandering.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
July 17, 2014
Astute, unhurried and gently amusing, it will be welcomed by the director's fans while serving as a fine introduction for those who know him not.
July 17, 2014
The world turns, the sun rises and sets, and the ocean's waves splash on idyllic beaches in Eric Rohmer's "A Summer's Tale."
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 10, 2014
For all his seeming facility with the opposite sex, Gaspard is really a romantic idiot. And aren't we all, Rohmer suggests.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 10, 2014
The fresh-faced actors, realistic dialogue and naturalistic performances suggest a casual approach, but as the story progresses, the filmmaker's control is increasingly evident.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 26, 2014
If it lacks its predecessor's subtlety and depth, it compensates with its own abundance of more immediate pleasures.
June 23, 2014
Wise, honest, breezy, witty and profound, A Summer's Tale is an intellectually and emotionally rewarding date movie for sophisticated couples.
Full Review | Original Score: 9.51/10
June 21, 2014
It's a complex character study that reveals how little we can know of someone through conversation, as conversation often changes the way we both perceive and portray our sense of who we are.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
June 20, 2014
Originally released in 1996 in France (but never before in the U.S.), Eric Rohmer's sun-kissed love quadrangle remains as fresh and romantically profound as it was 18 years ago.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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