Summer Love (Dead Man's Bounty)
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Val Kilmer stars as the corpse of a wanted man in this western exploring the greed and iniquity of the lawless frontier. When a stranger rides into a small town toting the lifeless body of a noted outlaw, his intentions are to collect the bounty and be on his way. But the situation becomes complicated when the stranger sits down for a high-stakes card game with the drunken sheriff. With nothing to wager but the body he arrived with, the stranger calls the sheriff's bluff and goes all in. Later, despite the fact that he lost the game, the stranger vows to keep the corpse at all costs. ~… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 38%

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"Summer Love is fraught with feverish moods, bold imagination and a devilishly complicated exploration of the genre's iconography. It is also maddeningly paced, often like watching paint dry, albeit paint that's the garish tones of buckets of blood."
‑ Sid Smith, Chicago Tribune
"By eschewing any attempt at storytelling or character development, a film with all of the Western's fecund imagery and putrid fumes still ends up feeling as flat and distant as a gallery wall."
‑ Sam Sweet, L.A. Weekly
"In attempting to create a shock effect of the new within the old, the baby is tossed out with the bathwater. The core pleasures of genre still have to be respected."
‑ Brian Holcomb, PopMatters
"Though unevenly paced, the film is a lot of fun to watch as it tries to skew and at the same time re-create the typical archetypes of the western genre."
‑ Boyd van Hoeij, european-films.net
"Uklanski distances himself from the material at every turn, until it's difficult to distinguish the ironist's wit from the cynic's smirk."
‑ , Los Angeles Times
"This pierogi western disassembles the genre mechanics of the gunslinger movie and makes a Dada collage of its gears and springs."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"It's an odd, disjointed, but curiously appealing effort that could attain cult status if only for the fact that it's so incredibly strange."
‑ Wade Major, Boxoffice Magazine
"Summer Love feels more like a haphazard assembly of loose-knit components, jumbled together with obvious affinity for all varieties of a distinctly American genre."
‑ Jeff Shannon, Seattle Times
"Summer Love has been called the first Polish western and the first Polish spaghetti western, though the truer description might be the first deconstructed art western."
‑ Manohla Dargis, New York Times
"The debut feature of artist Piotr Uklanski alleges to be the first Polish western ... There's no doubt that Uklanski has an eye: the film is full of beautifully composed shots. But that's about the end of its virtues."
‑ Andy Klein, Los Angeles CityBeat
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