Reviews

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 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 16, 2021
On paper, it sounds iffy; in execution, however, it's absolutely glorious, a gleeful glide through adolescence.
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
"Summertime" expresses familiar sentiments in some fresh and vital ways, and keeps the dreams alive.
Jul 15, 2021
What could have been a botched experiment morphs into something special, a scrappy feature that is electrifying from first frame to last.
Jul 14, 2021
An exuberant hodgepodge of everyday joy and frustration (and the occasional mild trauma).
Jul 10, 2021
Ultimately, this is the undoing of "Summertime," a movie that uses spoken word poetry as its guiding light. The direction limits, rather than expands the words of its performer-poets.
Jul 9, 2021
It's a bold attempt, putting a neo-realist spotlight on a bevvy of first-time and nascent actors, but presented under an obnoxious treacle banner.
Jul 9, 2021
Likewise, the collaborative spirit of the project is inspiring, enough to recommend the film to creative teenagers and theater kids of all ages. The poetry can be pretty engaging, too, once you get over yourself.
Jul 7, 2021
It does take a little time to hook into the movie's rhythms. Once you do, however, you're hooked for the duration.
Feb 5, 2020
Not only did Summertime open my eyes to a form of expression I was dismissing but it also offers the chance to experience something important to another. Whether you can relate or not, sharing truths in such a raw fashion is bound to make an impression.
Jan 28, 2020
López Estrada and company not only subvert lazy assumptions about their misunderstood metropolis and who lives and thrives there, but they also shift the focus to the unheard and unseen for a wonderful reinvention. You'll never see LA the same again.
Jan 24, 2020
The entire film feels a little like that, gushingly supportive at the expense of any real dramatic tension; it's ultimately more of an everyone's-a-winner showcase than the messy vision of a community it appears to be aspiring towards.
Jan 24, 2020
Estrada's film sounds just like teen spirit, with big, beating hearts that all share center stage.
Jan 24, 2020
While this hodgepodge contains the occasional lovely or eloquent moment... those are overshadowed by material that grates on all but the most forgiving ear, in a semi-narrative setting that clearly just cares about getting from one aria to the next.
Jan 24, 2020
If "Blindspotting" was an ode to Oakland, then "Summertime" is the corresponding hallelujah to L.A., capturing what it means to be alive right now in the City of Angels.