• Released
  • February 17, 2012
  • (NY)
  • NR , 1 hr 23 min
  • Art House/Foreign
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90

Variety

By Robert Koehler
Jeter's film takes on the quality of a sustained dream, as if the theatrical conceits of Jean Genet were married to a children's story retold via William Faulker's Southern brand of stream of consciousness.
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80

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
The filmmaker made the film on his family's tobacco farm so perhaps his own memories may filter through those of his fictional characters. Or maybe they're not fictional at all. Jess + Moss is, to put it mildly, open to interpretation.
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80

Village Voice

Achingly sad and surpassingly lovely.
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63

Slant Magazine

By Glenn Heath Jr.
A strange and intoxicating indie constructed as a series of vignettes that capture two children grappling with the overlap of trauma and nostalgia.
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50

The New York Times

Mr. Jeter, who has made his feature-length debut with this film, tries to capture the loose feel of childhood's open-ended summers. But the vocabulary of his imagery feels worn out, and the ambience feels handed down.
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71 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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