100

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
It all comes together as formidably detailed and easy-breathing craftsmanship.
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100

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Brims with life and loveliness even as it meditates on the loss of childhood.
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88

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Quietly and keenly observed, Summer Hours nods to Chekhov's "The Cherry Orchard" (a country estate, a family reunion, an impending sale). Assayas displays a lucid sense of how personal history and family identity are inextricably linked to a physical place - here, to a house that is still busy accumulating its memories.
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88

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Writer-director Olivier Assayas crafts a near perfect blend of humor and heartbreak, a lyrical masterwork that measures loss in terms practical and evanescent.
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80

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Assayas and his cast hit so many perfect notes, you'll swear you've seen these characters and heard these conversations before - not in Chekhov's thematically similar "Cherry Orchard," which was an obvious influence, but in your own life.
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80

The Hollywood Reporter

By Ray Bennett
Assayas makes the point that objects of fascination and affection to one generation may be far less so to the next. And he observes the role that people-friendly museums can play in keeping a nation's treasures safe with pleasing subtlety.
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80

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Much of Summer Hours, which was shot by the excellent Eric Gautier, feels like a Chekhov play and resonates like a Schubert quartet; it’s a work of singular loveliness.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Audiences watch Summer Hours and then, a week later, remember it as though they've lived it.
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75

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
The movie unfolds like something out of E.M. Forster, but Assayas isn't all that interested in family dynamics. Instead, he's made a chronicle of how the children will handle the sale of the house and its treasures.
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75

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Each character is decent and likable, as well as complex. The four main portrayals are outstanding -- so natural and believable that you are drawn into their story immediately.
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84 out of 100
Universal acclaim
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