Submarine (2011)

Fifteen-year-old Oliver Tate has two big ambitions: to save his parents' marriage via carefully plotted intervention and to lose his virginity before his next birthday. Worried that his mom is having an affair with New Age weirdo… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: October 4, 2011
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Critic Score: 86% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Funny, stylish, and ringing with adolescent truth, Submarine marks Richard Ayoade as a talent to watch.

Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

That rare teen comedy where the kids aren't gorgeous, the hero isn't heroic and the object of desire has a lot of reasons why she isn't necessarily desirable.

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

In its own right, "Submarine" is one of the best movies of the year.

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Ray Pride

Although the movie is, by design, largely non-specific about its period (late 1980s would be a good guess), Jordana's casual profanity impresses. In American comedies, swears are studded like peppercorns or chocolate chips.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

The result is a small, delicate comedy that depends on a continuity of tone that it pulls off. Oliver may not live happily ever after; but he manages to live happily enough here, and that's just fine.

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

"Submarine'' has its own specific miseries and darkly funny vibe. It makes quirkiness briefly seem like a good thing again.

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Chase Whale
Gordon and the Whale

SUBMARINE is a story about growing up all while not wanting to get older. It's what HAROLD & MAUDE would have been if they had met in high school.

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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle

An exercise in briny Welsh Weltzschmerz that tracks the inner and outer worlds of a confused teenage boy.

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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer

For an unreliable narrator, Oliver's story is reliably entertaining.

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Cory Everett
The Playlist

Submarine is a remarkably assured debut filled with dry humor, inventive visual wit and great performances.

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Flixster Audience Score: 81% Flixster User Reviews
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Chris Weber
I'm kinda all over the map with how I feel about this one. I like quirk, and I have found that once in a while I will enjoy awkward movies dealing with… More
Melvin White
Oliver Tate: Her new boyfriend has an incredibly long neck. Just thinking about giraffes makes me angry. "A comedy that doesn't let principles stand… More
Randy Tippy
<i>Submarine</i> has it all - humor and heartbreak and awkward, awkward adolescence.
Cameron Sherwell
'Submarine' is Richard Ayoade's directorial debut and although unique and interesting, felt overlong and sligtly forced. Quirkiness is a nice… More
Manu Gino
A comedy that doesn't let principles stand in the way of progress. Great Film! Submarine is a film that borrows the spirit but not the meat of ideas from… More