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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.
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.
Rolling Stone
Green has created a work of startling originality that will haunt you for a good, long time.
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.
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.
Entertainment Weekly
A peculiar combination of willful meandering and matter of fact violence, and it occasionally confounds in its attempts to exalt.
Hardly perfect or fully successful, but it's strange and strangely beautiful -- a unique work of art.
Philadelphia Inquirer
Although rough, it's a gem.
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.
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.
Charlotte Observer
He (writer/director David Gordon Green) fired his arrow straight at a worthwhile target, but it fell a little short.
TV Guide
Stylized to the point of poetry.

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