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Summertime (2021)



Critic Consensus: Although its conceptual ambitions are muddled by its hopscotching sequences, Summertime's earnest heart beautifully captures what it means to live and breathe in the City of Angels.

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SUMMERTIME follows the intersecting stories of 27 youth spoken word poets over a single day in Los Angeles. The director's ground-breaking vision began at a poetry showcase where performers from across the City of Angels recited fearlessly personal texts about themselves, their communities, and their relationship to their city. The project was then developed around their individual poems and interwoven into a larger, unified, and gloriously moving narrative experiment -- part contemporary musical and part sociological art. SUMMERTIME explores themes of identity, community, and intersectionality through the unique perspectives of this diverse ensemble.

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All Critics (65) | Top Critics (18)

I love this film as much as it loves Los Angeles, which is deeply.

July 23, 2021 | Full Review…

It feels like Slacker for a new generation, which I really appreciated... This feels like one of the most L.A. films I've ever seen.

July 23, 2021 | Full Review…

The movies have a long history of "kids putting on a show." "Summertime" belongs to that tradition even as it expands its boundaries into the heartsore world offscreen.

July 21, 2021 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
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On paper, it sounds iffy; in execution, however, it's absolutely glorious, a gleeful glide through adolescence.

July 16, 2021 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

There is something to be said about good intentions in filmmaking, but Estrada's sincerity overload feels like mush.

July 16, 2021 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

"Summertime" expresses familiar sentiments in some fresh and vital ways, and keeps the dreams alive.

July 16, 2021 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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