Daydream Nation
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Seventeen-year-old Caroline Wexler (KAT DENNINGS) is facing a teenager's nightmare: her widowed father has moved them from the big city to a tiny town in the middle of nowhere. When Caroline realizes she has nothing in common with the burnout losers in her new school she pursues the one person with who excites her interest - her handsome young teacher, Mr. Anderson (JOSH LUCAS). A bizarre love triangle ensues between Caroline, Mr. Anderson, and a sweet, but troubled classmate (REECE THOMPSON). Featuring a hit indie soundtrack in this mash-up of the bizarre and the beautiful, DAYDREAM… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 65%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Goldbach fills the story with too many distractions, but Dennings, known for "Nick and Nora's Infinite Playlist," is feline and fun."
‑ Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News
"A fitfully engaging effort that is most successful as a performance piece for actors Kat Dennings and Reece Thompson."
‑ Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times
"All three leads do a good job and the film is visually appealing. As a director, Goldbach shows promise."
‑ Matt Joseph, We Got This Covered
"Director/writer Mike Goldbach's first half of the film is engaging ..., suspenseful (who is the "man in the white suit?"-with a delectable shade of grey served up red herring style) and masterfully balanced."
‑ S. James Wegg, JWR
"There are times when you can lose yourself in its shabby surrealism. But there are so many movies that are like Daydream Nation, there's little it can do to surprise you with its dramatic impact."
‑ Jim Slotek, Jam! Movies
""Daydream Nation" rolls elements of "Juno," "American Beauty," "Donnie Darko" and "Twin Peaks" into a potent blunt."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"It's a film about teen angst that's too caught up in its characters' state of mind to see its way through to the other side."
‑ Keith Phipps, AV Club
"The goodwill that the charming Dennings has built up in earlier films, such as 40-Year-Old Virgin and Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, doesn't excuse this role."
‑ Rob Boylan, Orlando Weekly
"While not always comfortable in its quaint, quirky skin, it does deliver some intriguing performances and some inventive directorial turns."
‑ Bill Gibron, PopMatters
"Before it completely wears out its welcome, Daydream Nation basically comes off as a watchable teen drama."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Worth seeking out..."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"Sonic Youth should sue."
‑ Nick Schager, Time Out New York
"An alternately heady and queasy portrait of a small town slipping into madness."
‑ Jason Anderson, eye WEEKLY
"Daydream Nation is a mess, but a gorgeous mess. Come for the flaccid teen distress, stay for the stunning imagery."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
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