Summer of 85

critic Reviews

, 77% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • While not François Ozon's best work, Summer of 85 serves as a beguiling, bittersweet ode to teen love and its lingering after-effects.
  • , Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Stephanie ZacharekTIME Magazine
    Summer of 85 delights in romantic excess, ending up as an almost literal evocation of one of the songs on its era-specific soundtrack.
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  • , Rotten Tomatometer Score
    Melissa Anderson4Columns
    I held out hope that Summer of 85, Ozon's latest, would be a return to form, since it concerns themes that the director explored so sharply at the beginning of his career: estival idylls and anarchic adolescent desire. My optimism was sadly misplaced.
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    Odie HendersonRogerEbert.com
    Summer of 85 plays like a bad parody of movies like Love Story and Summer of '42, stories where some undeserving male learns a valuable lesson from a love affair and death.
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    Beatrice LoayzaNew York Times
    It ultimately stumbles in this balancing act and loses sight of its emotional core, but its efforts remain compelling and delightfully bizarre.
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    Justin ChangLos Angeles Times
    "Summer of 85" has the matter-of-fact sensuality and youthful focus of so many of Ozon's earlier films, but it's also a startlingly specific greatest-hits compilation from across the director's tirelessly productive career
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    Diego SemereneSlant Magazine
    François Ozon's paean to nostalgia wraps tragedy and obsession in a whimsical bow.
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    Brandon JudellCultureCatch
    By the end of Ozon's heartfelt nostalgia trip, Alex certainly becomes careful and more forceful, making one wish that this 85 had actually came out in 1985, a time when it would truly have been groundbreaking and oh! so guiding.
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    Dustin ChangScreenAnarchy
    Summer of 85 nostalgically invokes the innocent times before the AIDS crisis and harkening back to his more salacious, hormone-overloaded earlier works that he is best known for.
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    Jeffrey M. AndersonCombustible Celluloid
    Director François Ozon conjures up a sunny, lazy, slightly awkward Eric Rohmer vibe for this sweet, sad story of a naïve, doomed romance (with lots of floppy hair).
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    David BaxBattleship Pretension
    ... [a] vision of young people as beautiful solipsists, no more able to control how deeply they feel than how capable they are of hurting one another.
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