Summer Hours Synopsis
Siblings argue over what to do with their late mother's extensive art collection.
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Chicago Tribune

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

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Brims with life and loveliness even as it meditates on the loss of childhood.
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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)....
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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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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...
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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...
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I would've rated it higher if the writers had stayed around until they came up with an ending

By brittmayo
Good character development, but a rather abrupt stop at the end (you knew it was the end because the credits started). On the other hand, perhaps I missed a subtle nuance....

You must be joking

By gwulfman
An A- ????? That reviewer is a snob....and his review is a snowjob...what a waste of time and watching grass grow...and I mean regular old grass...boring and meaningless......

SUMMER HOURS = Stunningly Crafted Cinema

By lugubriousthespian
If you do not enjoy gentle, human storytelling through cinema, then avoid this absolutely ravishing new film by France's Olivier Assayas. It's an intelligent, sumptuously photographed and fully...

summer hours

By mojo53
so so bad. this movie is subtitled- which I don't mind, but the plot is so incredibly slow moving..... booorrrrriiiinnngggg!!!!!! acting is marginal as well. don't waste your $!...


By carlintn
But then that might actually be MORE exciting to watch than this movie....