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Sun Don't Shine Reviews

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Jonathan Kiefer
SF Weekly
February 4, 2014
Seimetz assuredly updates the pulp scenario with contemporary indie-film vernacular.
Dan Sullivan
Film Comment Magazine
November 5, 2013
Musty, sticky, hot, and taut with psychopathological tension, Amy Seimetz's feature-length directorial debut is, to put it mildly, a bad trip.
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
April 25, 2013
Unspools like a Françoise Sagan novel: purposefully, enigmatically and with a raw emotional purity that makes its volatile central couple appear even more defenseless than they really are.
| Original Score: 5/5
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
April 25, 2013
Writer-director Amy Seimetz's oddly sunny film noir is a classic tale of young lovers on the run, reminiscent in tone of the darkly comic moments in Terrence Malick's "Badlands."
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Miriam Bale
New York Daily News
April 25, 2013
[Audley's] richly textured debut is assured in every choice, from first frame to last.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
April 25, 2013
Working wonders on a tight budget, Seimetz uses handheld cameras and tight compositions to create an air of claustrophobic intensity interspersed with moments of ragged beauty.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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David Fear
Time Out
April 23, 2013
Seimetz hasn't quite figured out how to sustain long-form tension; by the time this modest microindie noir starts laying its cards on the table, your attention will have already folded.
| Original Score: 2/5
Brian Tallerico
April 23, 2013
Like seemingly everything that Seimetz touches lately, it's great. Confident, stylish, and with a remarkable sense of place, Sun Don't Shine truly works.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.0/5.0
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Katie Walsh
The Playlist
April 22, 2013
This is the feature directorial debut of actress Amy Seimetz, and while it doesn't quite go all the way, it demonstrates an interesting sense of style and a firm handle on expressing an inner world on film.
Full Review | Original Score: b-
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Dennis Harvey
April 22, 2013
This unconventional, unsettling couple-on-the-run tale works best as an exercise in ambiguous atmosphere.
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Justin Lowe
Hollywood Reporter
April 22, 2013
Although the film may not always be as aesthetically involving as better-budgeted productions, the performances are really the point, so by keeping focused on her actors Seimetz succeeds in making it all work.
Glenn Heath Jr.
Slant Magazine
April 21, 2013
Amy Seimetz's intoxicating slice of genre revisionism earns its "neo" prefix, envisioning a brightly sinister world where desperation is the new normal.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
November 16, 2012
'I gotta take a route that don't make sense,' Leo says, explaining his haphazard getaway plans, and his remark becomes a sort of mission statement for the lost, hapless, maladjusted and not particularly intelligent souls who inhabit this 'mumblenoir.'
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Chase Whale
October 28, 2012
Amy Seimetz' feature debut Sun Don't Shine haunts and thrives.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Richard Brody
New Yorker
September 10, 2012
Captures the wildly flailing energy and exhausted torpor of grinding frustration as well as the flickering grace of stifled dreams.
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film
June 23, 2012
The sun don't shine but you may find it quite hard to breathe, such is the tension of Amy Seimetz's impressive debut feature, which uses the oppressive, sultry heat of Florida to accentuate the over-bearing atmosphere.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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