Submarine Synopsis
A 15-year-old wants to lose his virginity and stop his mother from leaving his father.
Read Full Synopsis

Movie Reviews

Critic Ratings


Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Wonderfully funny and subversively affecting.
Full Review

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

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

New York Daily News

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

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...
Full Review

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...
Full Review

Philadelphia Inquirer

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

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.
Full Review

The Hollywood Reporter

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


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...
Full Review

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
The film is so self-conscious it seems to be dictating your every reaction.
Full Review


By Gabrielle Rosenberg


By 2brenners
It's really a lovely and funny movie, but it desperately needs subtitles....

The Best PR Man on the Planet!

By goreycat78
Every corporation on the planet should be looking to hire Richard Ayoade. He is a great PR man who takes two irritating self absorbed brats and makes you fall in love with both of them. Craig...

Nostalgic and smart, excellent film

By saturday_night_movie
I don't know why the rating is R, I will go back with my 10yo. I think it's should be watched by teenagers. Like Juno, full of intelligent, confidant young people with a strong sense of self, I was...

quirky coming of age

By emato
ever feel like an outsider. check out this character and the angst of adolescence comes back to you...


By stupenda
The movie turned out to be a way to pass the afternoon. It was quite dry and not very interesting. The 'humor' was not captivating and the entire theme could have been more moving. I would tell my...


By Playtimer
Definitely a cult movie; intelligent, most interesting view into other cultures' approach to teenage angst; (universal melancholy); it's a bit draggy (parents' dilemas). But worth seeing....

SUBMARINE a winner

By leboul99
Quirky dark comedy with real people showing real feelings. Yes - it's ostensibly about an adolescent's rites of passage in Wales - but this is no teen flick. With a distinctive "indie" feel - but...

Slice of life that needed more life

By RandytheMovieFan
I do like small independent films (Clerks, The Visitor, Ink, etc.), so it wasn't the absence of big budgets and brand names that turned me off. Submarine was just...boring. Mundane events affecting...


By MigaBear
Funny story about a quirky teenage boy who narrates his story in Wales circa early 1980s. His prim, neurotic mother and depressed father provide deadpan humor. Great film for teenagers and adults....

More Info

Rated R | For language and some sexual content