Summer '04
Summer '04 (2007)

A middle-aged woman coming to terms with her son's sexual awakening does some extramarital exploration of her own in this downbeat drama. Miriam (Martina Gedeck) has just turned forty and is going on a seaside vacation with her husband… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: August 1, 2007
DVD Release Date: June 10, 2008
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Critic Score: 79% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press

What better way to spend 97 minutes in November than trying to sort out romantic complications in shorts and sailboats?

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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter

Although intelligent and insightful, Summer '04 is also more than just a little bit dull.

Prairie Miller

More in the nature of audience eavesdropping on some scandalous neighbors than gripping or meaningful storytelling, the film is wracked with superficial, amoral characters and petty, hand wringing sordid emotional preoccupations and obsessions.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

Straight ahead in form but unnerving and unexpected in content.

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Andrew O'Hehir

A well-crafted and deceptively leisurely film, with a heart of ice.

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Boyd van Hoeij

If Krohmer and Knocke meticulously crafted the world Miriam inhabits, it is Gedeck's presence that makes it such a tangible mess -- which is meant as high praise indeed.

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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle

All I know is, I didn't buy it. It didn't scan. And I'm sorry it didn't, because Summer '04 offers much to admire and a few things to fear.

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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

[A] warmly stirring romantic maelstrom of five multigenerational libidos let loose at a lakeside vacation site.

Ken Fox
TV Guide

The film unfolds with cold, Chabrolian detachment and quietly builds to a coolly satisfying denouement that leaves everyone involved -- including the audience -- second-guessing everything that's come before.

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Flixster Audience Score: 54% Flixster User Reviews
John Ballantine
Summer '04 is a weird little number with actors who are trying to have a good go of it but never get anywhere. There are affairs with few consequences.… More