Summering

critic Reviews

, 35% Rotten Tomatometer Score
  • Summering is a harmless enough coming-of-age story, but there are far superior -- and far less saccharine -- entries in this crowded genre.
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    Kimber MyersCrooked Marquee
    With its rare focus on girls’ friendship and growing up, 'Summering' has good intentions but that never actually makes it a good movie. Girls are owed their own 'Stand by Me,' but they deserve so much better than this.
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    James BerardinelliReelViews
    A movie that ultimately goes nowhere, with a narrative that too obviously echoes Stand by Me and underdeveloped characters whose stories and interactions never gel.
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    Chris HewittLos Angeles Times
    That ethereal sort of thing could get gloopy and sentimental, but “Summering” balances the bucolic stuff with bits of acidic humor.
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    Adam GrahamDetroit News
    "Summering" is a bit of a drifter's tale itself, aiming for the kind of vibey, daydream-like feel of, say, David Robert Mitchell's "The Myth of the American Sleepover," but coming up well shy of that mark.
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    Marya E. GatesRogerEbert.com
    The nostalgia of Ponsoldt's film is curdled and rotten underneath its summery sheen.
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    Chris HewittMinneapolis Star Tribune
    The script by James Ponsoldt and Northfield's Ben Percy beautifully captures a sense of longing and loss, giving the girls and their mothers distinctive voices.
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    Carla HayCulture Mix
    Summering is a monotonous pseudo-mystery about four 11-year-old girls who find a dead man's body and talk and act in ways that are very unrealistic for pre-teen girls. This pointless waste of time gets more irritating as it goes along. Avoid at all costs.
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    Rob ThomasCapital Times (Madison, WI)
    Which makes it disappointing that those sincere motives aren’t turned into a more compelling film, which meanders with stiff dialogue and broad characterizations.
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    Carson TimarClapper
    Embracing the highs and lows of childhood on screen unlike any other project in recent memory, Summering is a special little gem that deserves attention.
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    Leonora WaiteThe Young Folks
    I still continue to root for James Ponsoldt to make intriguing or profound films once again; maybe he needs a more focused screenwriter next time.
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