100

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
Green tells the tale through leisurely, eye-catching shots that allow the young cast members to imbue their characters with striking credibility and intensity.
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100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Like Malick's "Days of Heaven," it is not about plot, but about memory and regret. It remembers a summer that was not a happy summer, but there will never again be a summer so intensely felt, so alive, so valuable.
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90

The Dissolve

By Scott Tobias
George Washington is a mood piece first, and its triumph is in bottling up the intense feeling of early adolescence, and watching how tragedy transforms it.
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90

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Green has created a work of startling originality that will haunt you for a good, long time.
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88

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
A picture about America with the blinders off, a film about heroism that makes you chuckle and feel sad - and a film about childhood that lets us reenter that lost world and see the grass, sky and sunlight the way they once looked, in the golden hours.
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83

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
A peculiar combination of willful meandering and matter of fact violence, and it occasionally confounds in its attempts to exalt.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Although rough, it's a gem.
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75

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
None of the children are professionals, and their uncontrived performances lend a painfully real quality to what becomes a rather lyrical story.
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75

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
For those willing to work a bit at it, this is the sort of artistry many American independent movies aspire to - but rarely achieve.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Hardly perfect or fully successful, but it's strange and strangely beautiful -- a unique work of art.
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82 out of 100
Universal acclaim
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