Summer Storm (Sommersturm)
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A confident teen rowing team faces an unexpected challenge -- both in and out of the water -- in this coming-of-age comedy drama. Summer Storm primarily concerns the angsty Tobi (Robert Stadlober), a high-school oarsman whose finds his intimate friendship with charismatic teammate Achim (Kostja Ullmann) threatened as Achim gets more serious with his girlfriend. Tobi's situation is complicated when he and the boys leave for rowing camp for the summer: there, the headstrong team is introduced to The Queerstrokes, a champion team of out-and-proud gay teen athletes. Some of the boys are fine… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 48%

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"Its coming-of-age yarn goes nowhere beyond inevitably out of a closet."
‑ Bruce Westbrook, Houston Chronicle
"Stadlober, a young Austrian actor cast in the leading role, is charming enough to survive most of the movie's labored attempts to lighten up."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"Don't let the trailer mislead you. Summer Storm is not some sort of supersexy European art film. It's kids being kids, and you've outgrown summer camp."
‑ Don Willmott,
"Humor, toned bods, a mellow soundtrack and far too much predictability are the highlights and lowlight of Summer Storm."
‑ Laura Kelly, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"A tonally inconsistent coming-out story that wavers between earnest drama and dopey teen sex comedy."
‑ Timothy Knight,
"It's sunny and frothy, with odd laugh-out-loud moments."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"While it has little in it that hasn't been covered by other coming-out movies, it's pleasant enough."
‑ Steve Murray, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Kreuzpaintner junks up this simple gay coming-of-age story with too many subplots and sitcomlike situations."
‑ Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune
"Recommended for its endearing performances, captivating locations and a poppy soundtrack that amiably underscores the bubbly sensuality of a summer in the sun."
‑ Bill White, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"This gay coming-of-age film from Germany ultimately has few original aspects, but it is an intelligently wrought drama that makes it a respectable entry in the genre."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"Kreutzpainter limns his multifarious characters with an amiable, unforced humor and an authentic feel for the ways in which good kids respond to peer pressure with less-than-admirable behavior."
‑ Jan Stuart, Newsday
"There are at least a couple of disparate movies fighting for control in Summer Storm."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"'Coming out' films are now rituals, patterned like dances, and Marco Kreuzpaintner's Summer Storm hits its generic marks."
‑ David Elliott, San Diego Union-Tribune
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