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Weekend Reviews

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Alison Willmore
BuzzFeed News
November 10, 2015
Weekend, which was shot with watery beauty on location in Nottingham in the U.K., also owes something to Before Sunrise, but it's not a gay remake of a straight movie. Its romance is very deliberately not some reworked version of a hetero one.
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Ben Walters
Time Out
November 1, 2011
Sexy, provocative, engrossing and occasionally ornery, it should appeal to anyone whose curiosity about someone new has provoked them to question their own identity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
October 27, 2011
Cullen and New are British stage actors with little background in film. Haigh's only previous film was a documentary. Perhaps because they don't feel bound by a set of rules, they've created one of the year's most enjoyable surprises.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
October 27, 2011
It's a definitive example of naturalistic moviemaking -- you feel you're breathing the air that the characters are breathing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kyle MacMillan
Denver Post
October 14, 2011
Its final moments offer a vision of what a contemporary romance can achieve: an appreciative gasp of truth, a wet-eyed hope for more.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
October 13, 2011
One of the truest, most beautiful movies ever made about two strangers.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Dana Stevens
Slate
October 7, 2011
If you've ever met someone who changed your life in the space of days, you'll relate to something in this movie.
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
October 7, 2011
The organ that "Weekend" is most concerned with isn't the one you might think, but the human heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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David Wiegand
San Francisco Chronicle
October 7, 2011
In just a short period of time, a weekend hookup tests the boundaries each man has set for himself.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
October 3, 2011
If this lovely movie proffers a thesis or a moral, it's a simple one. A more open, fully integrated and passionate life feeds the soul no less than air and water. Or coffee the morning after.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Richard Brody
New Yorker
October 3, 2011
The bland sentimentality and dull attitudinizing turn the movie into an empty frame of good intentions.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
September 30, 2011
A moving and empathetic look at how relationships develop, at how people fall in love and what that does and doesn't do to their lives.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
September 29, 2011
It's about love's essence, and the pain of its absence.
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
September 29, 2011
Writer-director Andrew Haigh, who's made several short films and one other feature while holding down big-studio editing gigs, allows the characters and their ideas to develop naturally.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
September 29, 2011
This is a smart, sensitive, perceptive film, with actors well suited to the dialogue. It underlines the difficulty of making connections outside our individual boxes of time and space.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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September 23, 2011
An achingly tender chamber piece from first-time director Andrew Haigh.
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
September 23, 2011
hile the credible script and naturalistic acting deserve praise, there's even a thrill in seeing romantic clichés -- you'll spot them all -- embraced anew.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
September 23, 2011
Haigh avoids exploitation and cheap thrills in favor of a mature, incisive examination of relationships.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
September 22, 2011
It is about the paradoxes and puzzlements of gay identity in a post-identity-politics era, and also about the enduring mystery of sexual attraction and its consequences.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Alison Willmore
AV Club
September 22, 2011
Its small scale allows for detailed looks at two men who are likeable and flawed, and who connect on a level neither expected -- nor in one case, was even looking for.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 21, 2011
Boy meets boy in this low-budget, acutely observed relationship drama.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
September 21, 2011
One of the bravest, most honest and most accomplished stories of gay love and sex ever rendered on film.
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Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
September 21, 2011
I love what Haigh manages to achieve in his Weekend. The movie is political and challenging, but in an organic way.
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
September 21, 2011
Weekend settles into an intentionally minor-key groove, caught somewhere between bracingly direct honesty and cringingly mumbly pretense.
| Original Score: 3/5
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
September 20, 2011
I hate to damage so fragile a work with overpraise, but, gay or straight, if you don't see yourself in this movie, you need to get a life.
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Eric Kohn
indieWIRE
September 20, 2011
The film operates on a familiar dynamic; however, it works here thanks to the precise alignment of talented actors and a focused screenplay.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Eric Hynes
Village Voice
September 20, 2011
Naturalistic without being ineloquent, heartfelt yet unsentimental, Weekend is the rarest of birds: a movie romance that rings true.
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Seth Colter Walls
Village Voice
September 20, 2011
Without spoiling what happens and how, it's fair to say the pivot away from Linklater-style sentimentality leaves little room for a sequel hook-up a decade down the road.
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Stephen Farber
Hollywood Reporter
July 11, 2011
The two leading actors give deft, expressive performances that have us rooting for both of them. Cullen has a broodingly sensual presence, while the impish New makes a charmingly prickly foil.
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Joe Leydon
Variety
March 25, 2011
Cullen and New develop a compellingly credible give and take.