Return of the Secaucus Seven
Return of the Secaucus Seven (1980)

College friends reunite for a New England summer weekend in this low-budget first feature by accomplished independent filmmaker John Sayles. A predecessor of the well-paced, character-driven films in Sayles' future, Secaucus Seven also… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 16, 2003
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Critic Score: 80% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Emanuel Levy

Preeiding the glitzy Big Chill by three years, John Sayles' first feature offers a poignant look at the reunion of 1960s activists; there's not much to look at this talking heads feature, which was shot for $40,000, but the dialogue is good.

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Rob Gonsalves

The sort of small-scale, sharply observed character drama Sayles' admirers know and love.

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Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

a peculiarly literate lack of focus indicative of a brilliant novelist moonlighting, at this point, as a filmmaker.

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Fernando F. Croce

Granola theater on the cusp of the New Right

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Return of the Secaucus Seven delivers a rueful portrait of a handful of members of the baby boom generation.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The much praised film upon its release, a tribute to indie filmmaking, seems to have badly dated.

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Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

Fresh, smart, endearing.

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Flixster Audience Score: 74% Flixster User Reviews
Sam Barnett
A dull kind of proto-mumblecore that nonetheless has moments of insight and sincerity.
Cinema Films
John Sayles' directorial debut provides a poignant look at the baby boom generation -- a reunion of 1960s activists. Back in the 1960s, seven restless… More
Bruce Bruce
Well before "The Big Chill" came along, John Sayles made this terrific low-budget film. If you are looking for slick-filmmaking go elsewhere. If you… More
Ken Stachnik
A film that is more important as a piece of film history than it is a good film. What it really is, is...nice. Well directed, but clearly low budget. A fun… More