I would've rated it higher if the writers had stayed around until they came up with an ending

By brittmayo
Written May 23, 2009
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.
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SUMMER HOURS = Stunningly Crafted Cinema

By lugubriousthespian
Written August 15, 2009
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 realized drama of a family comnig to terms with the division of the recently deceased matriarch's estate which includes a valuable art collection and a breathtakingly beautiful French contryside house. Juliette Binoche gives a subtly nuanced performance as the middle sibling who vetos along with her younger brother over the elder's (a stalwart Charles Serbling) desire to keep all in the family. Many vignettes over the year that passes bring to exquiste light the intertwining stories of the extended family members and how they are all uniquely affected by the death and denoument of their mother's passions. Simple, lovely, gorgeous movie that obviously most American audiences find difficult to digest when seeking CGI-ed explosions and cardboard characters. This movie is for true lovers of cinema!!
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You must be joking

By gwulfman
Written June 07, 2009
An A- ????? That reviewer is a snob....and his review is a snowjob...what a waste of time and money...like watching grass grow...and I mean regular old grass...boring and meaningless...
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summer hours

By mojo53
Written June 17, 2009
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 $!
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PAINT DRYING

By carlintn
Written July 08, 2009
But then that might actually be MORE exciting to watch than this movie.
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