80

The New York Times

By Stephen Holden
Daydream Nation hopscotches forward and backward and in and out of the surreal; its abrupt tangents are announced by chapter headings. In the most complicated sequence the film tracks three characters simultaneously. The cinematography is darkly lush in an ominous "Twin Peaks" mode.
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75

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
Toggling between the tonalities of "Donnie Darko," "Ghost World" and the collected works of David Lynch, the blackly witty Daydream Nation takes its title from a Sonic Youth album.
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70

Variety

By Joe Leydon
Charged with alternating currents of teen angst, sardonic wit, nervous dread and impudent sensuality, Daydream Nation suggests "Juno" as reimagined by David Lynch, or a funnier, sunnier "Donnie Darko."
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60

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Writer-director Michael Goldbach fills the story with too many distractions, but Dennings, known for "Nick and Nora's Infinite Playlist," is feline and fun.
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60

Los Angeles Times

A fitfully engaging effort that is most successful as a performance piece for actors Kat Dennings and Reece Thompson.
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50

The A.V. Club

By Keith Phipps
It's a film about teen angst that's too caught up in its characters' state of mind to see its way through to the other side.
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40

Village Voice

By Ernest Hardy
Daydream is decently acted, overwritten, slickly shot, decked out with the requisite indie soundtrack, and propped up with angst-ridden poses and pouting lips. It's also another film in which on-screen teens, especially the nubile femme fatale at the center, are but vessels to showcase the screenwriter's irony-drenched, self-satisfied intellect.
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20

Time Out New York

By Nick Schager
Michael Goldbach's pretentious take on identity development is woefully lacking in either subversive humor or genuine pathos; the overwrought end-of-the-world backdrop of a rampaging serial killer and a toxic industrial fire only poisons the concoction further.
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57 out of 100
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