(2008)

Critic Reviews

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Metascore

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100
Brims with life and loveliness even as it meditates on the loss of childhood.
100
It all comes together as formidably detailed and easy-breathing craftsmanship.
100
It is filmmaker Assayas who is the star here. France's most important contemporary director has created a work of almost magisterial calm.
88
Writer-director Olivier Assayas crafts a near perfect blend of humor and heartbreak, a lyrical masterwork that measures loss in terms practical and evanescent.
88
Philadelphia Inquirer
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.
80
Wall Street Journal
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.
80
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.
80
The Hollywood Reporter
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.
75
Audiences watch Summer Hours and then, a week later, remember it as though they've lived it.
75
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.
75
The actors all find the correct notes. It is a French film, and so they are allowed to be adult and intelligent.

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