Potato Dreams of America

critic Reviews

, 79% 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.
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    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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  • , Fresh Tomatometer Score
    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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    Rob AldamBackseat Mafia
    It's the most unusual gay autobiographical coming-of-age story you're ever likely to see.
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    Emilie BlackCinema Crazed
    Potatoe Dreams of America is an interesting coming-of-age film with a very specific vibe to it and a feeling of having two completely distinct stories at play.
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    Frank J. AvellaEdge Media Network
    This Jojo Rabbit-reminiscent comedy-drama (with Jesus substituting for Hitler) blends elements of 80s studio films with Genet and even John Waters and has a strange poignancy to it.
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    Jennie KermodeEye for Film
    Quirky and a little uneven but appealingly sweet, this very personal film went down a treat.
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    Rich ClineShadows on the Wall
    Heavily stylised and hugely imaginative, this coming-of-age story unfolds with offbeat insight and witty observations.
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    Audrey FoxJumpCut Online
    If you accept the occasionally jarring tonal shifts as the price to pay for a narrative that has been charmingly Frankensteined together from childhood trauma and half-forgotten memories, there's a lot to like about Potato Dreams of America.
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