100

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Wonderfully funny and subversively affecting.
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100

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Jennie Punter
One of the most irresistible films of the year so far.
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80

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
A charming indie that combines dreamy aspiration with mucky, hilarious reality.
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75

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Ayoade, the British comic making a remarkable feature debut with his adaptation of Joe Dunthorne's 2008 novel, blends mirth and malice with deadpan brilliance.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Amy Biancolli
Ayoade is well known to British viewers for his role as a coddled nerd in the sitcom "The IT Crowd," so it's fair to expect laughs from his directorial debut feature. But much depends on your mind-set; U.S. audiences could have trouble with the movie's less-than-sunny worldview.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
The film's humor comes in part from the gap between what Oliver says and what the audience sees.
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75

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Submarine has its own specific miseries and darkly funny vibe. It makes quirkiness briefly seem like a good thing again.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By John DeFore
Writer-director Richard Ayoade's feature debut is witty and quirky, with a gripping performance by Paddy Considine.
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70

Movieline

By Michelle Orange
Divided into three chapters in a largely unsuccessful attempt at structure, the voice and the style don't combine as explosively as they should to pick up the material's slack.
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50

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
The film is so self-conscious it seems to be dictating your every reaction.
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76 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
Metascore® based on all critic reviews. Scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.