Summer (2008)

Gas Attack and Yasmin director Kenny Glenaan crafts this tale of loyalty, loss, and the destructive effects of social exclusion concerning two vibrant boys who unwittingly set down an intensely destructive path. Shaun and Daz are two… More

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Rated: PG
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: December 5, 2008
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Critic Score: 78% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Strong sensitive performances in this low-budget British drama illuminate this tough gritty picture.

Dave Calhoun
Time Out

As a portrait of stasis brought on by poverty and a study of youthful abandon gone sour in the face of zero opportunities, this is sensitive stuff, even if there's little that's surprising.

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Cath Clarke

There are a few literal-minded scene-by-scene explanations too many; how undiagnosed dyslexia made a bad kid out of Shaun. It's a shame as they put the emotional heart of film at arm's-length.

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Financial Times

Carlyle is exemplary. As the grown-up dyslexic tending a dying boyhood friend (Evets) he mints extra "dialogue" - the kind not written down - with each facial response.

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Neil Smith

Strong performances across the board elevate a small-scale tale that's easy to admire but hard to get excited about.

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Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)

A quiet film to inspire quiet admiration, Kenny Glenaan's wistful character piece has a lovely asset in Robert Carlyle - often a careless chooser of parts, but a gentle, sensitive actor in his element here.

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Anthony Quinn
Independent (UK)

Some decent performances but not enough that's distinctive to earn a recommendation.

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James Christopher
Times (UK)

Glenaan's spare film, set on a council estate in Bolsover, shows how dreams are cruelly extinguished, yet little bits of surreal magic illuminate this tough film with glimmers of hope.

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Rob Daniel
Sky Cinema

Carlyle's central turn is one of the year's most poignant and tear-jerking acting displays, easily erasing the misstep of Eragon.

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Matthew Turner

Sharply written with an award-winning performance from Robert Carlyle, this is an engaging drama that packs a powerful emotional punch.

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Flixster Audience Score: 61% Flixster User Reviews
Gordon Anderson
Standard issue northern grim fest enlivened by a fine line in black humour.