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A Summer's Tale Reviews

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January 1, 2000
It's the kind of vaguely philosophical travelogue/not-exactly-love story audiences are virtually guaranteed to find either exotically fascinating or utterly interminable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 15, 2017
... suffice it to say that there is little or no reason to see this film.
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
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
March 28, 2016
A piercingly funny work of indecision.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
June 26, 2014
If it lacks its predecessor's subtlety and depth, it compensates with its own abundance of more immediate pleasures.
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 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
June 20, 2014
Despite its googly-eyed missive to the power of romance fueling confidence and comfort, A Summer's Tale is most salient when addressing the bonds of friendship.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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 22, 2014
Few directors could say as much with as little as Eric Rohmer.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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+
July 30, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
February 14, 2001
At the age of 76, filmmaker Eric Rohmer probably has a better understanding of young love than most young lovers do.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 19, 2014
Discovering that there's a 1996 movie by Eric Rohmer that's only now making it into U.S. theaters is like finding a $20 bill in an old pair of pants.
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
March 26, 2009
A Summer's Tale is vintage Eric Rohmer, his most richly satisfying film in a number of outings.
June 6, 2011
[It's] as if the director had been awaiting for half a century the artistry with which to exorcise his memories of embarrassment, pain, and sexual frustration.
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
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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