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Submarine (2011)



Critic Consensus: Funny, stylish, and ringing with adolescent truth, Submarine marks Richard Ayoade as a talent to watch.

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Fifteen-year-old Oliver Tate has two big ambitions: to save his parents' marriage via carefully plotted intervention and to lose his virginity before his next birthday. Worried that his mom is having an affair with New Age weirdo Graham, Oliver monitors his parents' sex life by charting the dimmer switch in their bedroom. He also forges suggestive love letters from his mom to dad. Meanwhile, Oliver attempts to woo his classmate, Jordana, a self-professed pyromaniac who supervises his journal writing - especially the bits about her. When necessary, she orders him to cross things out. -- (C) Weinstein

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Craig Roberts
as Oliver Tate
Noah Taylor
as Lloyd Tate
Sally Hawkins
as Jill Tate
Paddy Considine
as Graham Purvis
Yasmin Paige
as Jordana Bevan
Steffan Rhodri
as Mr. Davey
Osian Cai Dulais
as Mark Pritchard
Lily McCann
as Zoe Preece
Otis Lloyd
as Keiron
Elinor Crawley
as Abby Smuts
Gemma Chan
as Kim-Lin
Melanie Walters
as Jude Bevan
Sion Tudor Owen
as Brynn Bevan
Jonny Wier
as Malcolm
Lydia Fox
as Miss Dutton
Claire Cage
as News Reporter
Andrew Phillips
as Rhydian Bird
Rikki Hall
as School Boy
Tom Ryan
as School Boy
James Jones
as School Boy
Sophy Halligan
as Watkins Twin
Tanya Brady
as Watkins Twin
Sarah Pasquali
as Woman Who Looks Nothing Like Jordana
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Critic Reviews for Submarine

All Critics (156) | Top Critics (60)

The beauty of Submarine is all in the details, particularly the script's wry observations, which can be excruciating.

August 30, 2018 | Full Review…

The movie's conception of the tender agonies and embarrassments of would-be teenage lovers is hobbled by punchline cuts and predictable musical montages (carefree dashes, setting off bottle rockets, etc.).

July 1, 2013 | Full Review…

A cool, well-directed, if somewhat sterile and self-consciously quirky affair about teen awkwardness, virginity, infidelity and dead-end marriages.

October 18, 2011 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

All of this makes it sound as if Ayoade is trying much too hard but the gentleness of his touch succeeds in keeping pretentiousness safely out of the picture.

September 9, 2011 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

There have been any number of movies about the problems faced by teenagers when they fall in and out of love, but the team behind Submarine seem to have got it all just right.

September 7, 2011 | Rating: 4/5

That rare teen comedy where the kids aren't gorgeous, the hero isn't heroic and the object of desire has a lot of reasons why she isn't necessarily desirable.

July 17, 2011 | Rating: 2.5/4

Audience Reviews for Submarine



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Oliver Tate: Her new boyfriend has an incredibly long neck. Just thinking about giraffes makes me angry.  "A comedy that doesn't let principles stand in the way of progress." Submarine is a great little coming of age story that honestly tells a tale of adolescent love and teenage problems. This is a film that isn't for everyone. It's a slow and contemplative movie that gets its laughs from the awkwardness of the protagonist who is entering his first relationship and doesn't really know how to go about it. The movie is refreshing in how it handles Oliver's life and how it presents him.  Oliver Tate is a fifteen year old boy living in Wales with his mother and father. At the start of the film, he explains that his parents haven't had sex in 7 months and that he monitors them and just about everything they do. He also does routine room checks of his parents room. Oliver also has another interest, and her name is Jordana. Soon the two start dating and eventually they even take it to the next step. The relationship is handled rather well on screen, and it seems like a legit 15 year old relationship. Oliver's world starts changing when his mother starts spending a lot of time with a guy she had a past with. Now, he needs to save his parents relationship and hopefully his own. This movie is beautifully made, with wonderful cinematography and fitting music. There's also a wonderfulness to the dialogue. It seems so honest and real. There's no big speeches about how much Oliver loves Jordana; only real words that a real 15 year old would speak. I appreciate the movie on a whole for being one of the few films that truly gets the teenage relationship factor.  Submarine is a really worthwhile movie, and one that I would recommend as long as you like independent, sort of quirky, and quiet movies. I think I would like the movie much more after another viewing in the future, but as of now, I solidly like it. I haven't fallen in love with it yet, but I can definitely see that happening if I spend some more time with it.

Melvin White
Melvin White

Super Reviewer

'Submarine' is Richard Ayoade's directorial debut and although unique and interesting, felt overlong and sligtly forced. Quirkiness is a nice aspect in some films, it offers a refreshing change and can leave you smiling, 'Submarine' however decided to go on a one man (movie) mission into the deepest pits of whimsical comedy to emerge drenched in what can only be described as a coating of quirk that completely smothers the film. When 'Amelie' did it, it felt just right, when 'Submarine' does it it becomes to much. The premise is still intersting and at it's core is executed well (the voiceover works) but overall I can't help but feel like it's an honest story with a load of rubbish on top.

Cameron Sherwell
Cameron Sherwell

Super Reviewer

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