Oct 12, 2021
The feelings and words and humanity of these kids is strong. What an experience!
Oct 7, 2021
Summertime is a city symphony film fuelled by authentic urban beats.
Oct 7, 2021
Poetry, life, and Los Angeles. One of the best films of 2021.
Oct 5, 2021
Though there are perhaps a few too many social justice manifestos and therapeutic affirmations, the earnestness of Summertime is tempered by its verbal play and director Lopez Estrada's breezy flow.
Sep 20, 2021
Although not unblemished, the film is occasionally quite exciting, not only making me laugh but also delivering a positive message of hope.
Aug 30, 2021
As uneven and amateurish as Summertime can get at times, this is a well-meaning exercise for López Estrada
Aug 15, 2021
With constant motion and relentless declamation and its leaping from theme to theme, as well as bold colors and bolder sentiment, the mercurial Summertime will be sublime to a particular audience.
Aug 6, 2021
The filmmaker clearly has his heart in the right place, much as he did in his debut feature "Blindspotting," but once again, he trips on his ambition, done in by poor creative decisions and tonal whiplash.
Jul 29, 2021
A magnificent love-letter to L.A. and growing up.
Jul 26, 2021
It bounces and tickles and touches and shares the credit, the rhymes and the love among some 22 poets, rappers and singers.
Jul 24, 2021
A beautiful poetic love letter to Los Angeles and its residents. A lovely reminder of the power of words & their usage to describe different outlooks of life.
Jul 23, 2021
It feels like Slacker for a new generation, which I really appreciated... This feels like one of the most L.A. films I've ever seen.
Jul 23, 2021
I love this film as much as it loves Los Angeles, which is deeply.
Jul 23, 2021
It's a dizzyingly creative film, utterly unique and filled with astounding performances which, unfortunately, I seem to be constitutionally unable to vibe with.
Jul 22, 2021
There's no disputing the artistry, just whether the grand experiment actually works -- whether full-throated, showstopping acts of testimony cohere within an otherwise casual, often charming summer stroll.
Jul 21, 2021
The movies have a long history of "kids putting on a show." "Summertime" belongs to that tradition even as it expands its boundaries into the heartsore world offscreen.
Jul 20, 2021
There's some flat-out beautiful stuff here.
Jul 18, 2021
A precocious amateur feel pervades this slam poetry musical. More miss than hit. If you've a low tolerance for slam poetry, stay away.
Jul 16, 2021
Just like a real-life poetry slam event, not every performer is going to speak to you on a personal level, but the one or two that do will make Summertime feel like a fascinating experience.
Jul 16, 2021
On paper, it sounds iffy; in execution, however, it's absolutely glorious, a gleeful glide through adolescence.