Summer of '42
Summer of '42 (1971)

In this irresistible coming-of-age piece, director Robert Mulligan narrates the film as the grown-up counterpart of Hermie, a teenager of the War Years who has a crush on twentyish Jennifer O'Neill. With O'Neill's soldier… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: April 30, 1971
DVD Release Date: February 5, 2002
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Critic Score: 77% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

Summer of '42 has a large amount of charm and tenderness; it also has little dramatic economy and much eye-exhausting photography which translates to forced and artificial emphasis on a strungout story.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Nostalgia is used as a distancing device -- to keep us safely insulated from the boy's immediate grief, love, and passion.

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Empire Magazine

In the early hijinks phase, the film seems like a dry run for Porky's, but it later gets into the business of fluttering curtains, walks on sandy beaches and longing glances.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

It forever misses, unlike American Graffiti, the heady sexual climate of adolescence to concentrate on the circumstances of the sex act itself.

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TV Guide

People who actually recall 1942 will more greatly appreciate the waves of nostalgia that bathe this affectionate coming-of-age drama, set on a tiny island off New England.

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Cole Smithey

"Summer Of '42" is an unforgettable meditation on sexual awakening and loss during WWII.

Vincent Canby
New York Times

"Summer of '42" is a memory movie, written, directed and acted with such uncommon good humor that I don't think you'll be put off by its sweet soft-focus, at least until you start analyzing it afterwards.

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Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television

Visually lyrical film romance also has problems with dubious views on teen sexuality.

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James Plath
Movie Metropolis

One of the cinematic coming-of-age stories that started a trend.

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Flixster Audience Score: 72% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
A deliberately tender and sentimental coming of age tale wherein a young man is given his longed for first experience with sex, only under dark and tragic… More
Leo L
Good film.
Cassie Hill
Very good romance :)
Leigh Ryan
Sorry, but I couldn't help but laugh. It was such a different time... WOW!