Submarine
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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 Graham, Oliver monitors his parents' sex life by charting the dimmer switch in their bedroom. He also forges suggestive love letters from his mom to dad. Meanwhile, Oliver attempts to woo his classmate, Jordana, a self-professed pyromaniac who supervises his journal writing - especially the bits about her. When necessary, she orders him to cross things out. --… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

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"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."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"In its own right, "Submarine" is one of the best movies of the year."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"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."
‑ Chase Whale, Gordon and the Whale
"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."
‑ Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service
"I look forward to more from director Richard Ayoade."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"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."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
""Submarine'' has its own specific miseries and darkly funny vibe. It makes quirkiness briefly seem like a good thing again."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"Submarine is a remarkably assured debut filled with dry humor, inventive visual wit and great performances."
‑ Cory Everett, The Playlist
"It's funny, sad, touching and charming; a film that's in turns joyously ridiculous yet on occasion hits devastatingly close to home."
‑ Ali Gray, TheShiznit.co.uk
"It's an intriguing low-key film that makes you think Holden Caulfield."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"An exercise in briny Welsh Weltzschmerz that tracks the inner and outer worlds of a confused teenage boy."
‑ Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle
"For an unreliable narrator, Oliver's story is reliably entertaining."
‑ Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
"The movie's conception of the tender agonies and embarrassments of would-be teenage lovers is hobbled by punchline cuts and predictable musical montages (carefree dashes, setting off bottle rockets, etc.)."
‑ Nicolas Rapold, Film Comment Magazine
"Though the subject matter is nothing new, every aspect of the film thrums with quality."
‑ Matt Glasby, Flicks.co.nz
"A smug film made worse by its misuse of some genuinely arresting visuals."
‑ Michael Nordine, Not Coming to a Theater Near You
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