Summer of '42 (1971) - Rotten Tomatoes

Summer of '421971

Summer of '42 (1971)



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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 husband off to war, Grimes convinces himself that he can take hubby's place in every way.

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Lou Frizzell
as Druggist
Walter Scott
as Dorothy's Husband
Maureen Stapleton
as Hermie's Mother
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Critic Reviews for Summer of '42

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (7)

Summer of '42 is one of those rare films yon can't help liking simply for its aspirations which are so honest and open-minded.

June 2, 2020 | Full Review…

Thanks to director Robert Mulligan and a largely unfamiliar cast it turns cut to be a delightful film.

June 2, 2020 | Full Review…

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.

March 26, 2009 | Full Review…

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.

December 30, 2006 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
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It forever misses, unlike American Graffiti, the heady sexual climate of adolescence to concentrate on the circumstances of the sex act itself.

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…

"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.

May 9, 2005 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for Summer of '42


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 circumstances. Together with this, in this incredibly spare tale, is a nostalgic longing for what innocence there might have been in America in the time before WWll. That and a simple soundtrack by Michel Legrand translate what might've been tacky into a pretty decent Hallmark card from the home front circa 1942.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Very good romance :)

Cassie Hill
Cassie Hill

Super Reviewer


Sorry, but I couldn't help but laugh. It was such a different time... WOW!

Leigh Ryan
Leigh Ryan

Super Reviewer

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