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.
Jul 16, 2021
A spoken word In the Heights, a more diversified La La Land a la La Ronde.
Jul 16, 2021
There is something to be said about good intentions in filmmaking, but Estrada's sincerity overload feels like mush.
Jul 16, 2021
Very woke in its inclusiveness and critiques alike, Summertime is a unique pulse-taking not just of a city, but of a particular cultural flavor of our moment.
Jul 16, 2021
A bit uneven, but it's visually stunning and features five or six legitimately great moments.
Jul 16, 2021
'Summertime' is a celebration of life that makes you want to be more honest with yourself and the people around you. Estrada's work highlights life's struggles and beauty through soul-piercing words and stunning visual articulation.