Potato Dreams of America

critic Reviews

, 89% Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • Although it's undermined by uneven execution and a subpar script, Potato Dreams of America puts a singular spin on the crowded coming-of-age genre.
  • , Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Soren AndersenSeattle Times
    Two very strong performances anchor “Potato Dreams of America,” Seattle-based filmmaker Wes Hurley’s thought-provoking dramatization of his childhood in his native Russia and, later, as a teen in Seattle.
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    Randy MyersSan Jose Mercury News
    It’s entertaining, and even sexy at times in ways that are distinctive and inventive.
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  • , Rotten Tomatometer Score
    Gary GoldsteinLos Angeles Times
    The film, sweet as it is, fails to strike a manageable or engaging enough tone as it treads some overly familiar territory...
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  • , Fresh Tomatometer Score
    James ScottAustin Chronicle
    The dream in Potato Dreams of America remains more fantastical, dramatic, than rooted in reality. Such fantasy is part of what makes the film such a good watch, as well as an emotional one.
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    Abby OlceseRogerEbert.com
    The story behind the film is engaging and worthy, but in overall execution, it feels uneven.
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    Guy LodgeVariety
    The very existence of Potato Dreams of America is its own happy ending: It's a calling card, at least, that prompts curiosity over what stories, or whose stories, Hurley will tell next.
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    Tony AsankomahGhMovieFreak
    Potato Dreams of America with its dark humor seems to highlight what appears to have been the struggles of the writer in his youth finding himself and accepting his sexuality in a place that makes it even more challenging.
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    Bob BloomJournal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
    'Potato Dreams of America' is a warm and appealing. ... It’s not only a celebration of the immigrant experience, but a loving portrait of acceptance and, ultimately, being true to yourself and having the courage to reveal who you really are.
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  • , Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Peter CanaveseCelluloid Dreams
    Oddly put together and tonally awkward in its blend of satire and coming-of-age drama but it does have an appealing surrealist quality to it that makes a virtue out of its low budget. (Dark Star PIctures blu-ray review).
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    Evan DosseyMidwest Film Journal
    A heartfelt and surprising coming-of-age story.
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