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100
Chicago Sun-Times
Like Malick's "Days of Heaven," it is not about plot, but about memory and regret. It remembers a summer that was not a happy summer, but there will never again be a summer so intensely felt, so alive, so valuable.
100
Christian Science Monitor
Green tells the tale through leisurely, eye-catching shots that allow the young cast members to imbue their characters with striking credibility and intensity.
90
Rolling Stone
Green has created a work of startling originality that will haunt you for a good, long time.
90
George Washington is a mood piece first, and its triumph is in bottling up the intense feeling of early adolescence, and watching how tragedy transforms it.
88
Chicago Tribune
A picture about America with the blinders off, a film about heroism that makes you chuckle and feel sad - and a film about childhood that lets us reenter that lost world and see the grass, sky and sunlight the way they once looked, in the golden hours.
83
Entertainment Weekly
A peculiar combination of willful meandering and matter of fact violence, and it occasionally confounds in its attempts to exalt.
75
Hardly perfect or fully successful, but it's strange and strangely beautiful -- a unique work of art.
75
Philadelphia Inquirer
Although rough, it's a gem.
75
New York Daily News
None of the children are professionals, and their uncontrived performances lend a painfully real quality to what becomes a rather lyrical story.
75
New York Post
For those willing to work a bit at it, this is the sort of artistry many American independent movies aspire to - but rarely achieve.
63
Charlotte Observer
He (writer/director David Gordon Green) fired his arrow straight at a worthwhile target, but it fell a little short.
50
TV Guide
Stylized to the point of poetry.

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