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Summer (2008)



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

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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 friends who rely on each other for everything, but Shaun was bound to lose from the very beginning. Upon being labeled the village bully, Shaun falls into a hopeless cycle of self-destruction that threatens to consume not only himself, but his first love Katy and best friend as well. Twelve years later, as Daz faces death, Shaun becomes determined to reclaim his life by confronting his past. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for Summer

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (6)

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.

December 5, 2008 | Rating: 3/6 | Full Review…

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.

December 5, 2008 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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.

December 5, 2008 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
Top Critic

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.

December 5, 2008 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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.

December 5, 2008 | Full Review…
Top Critic

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

December 5, 2008 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Summer


Standard issue northern grim fest enlivened by a fine line in black humour.

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