Metascore
91

Universal acclaim - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 14
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 14
  3. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Reviewed by: Alonso Duralde
    Jun 19, 2014
    100
    Whether it's the closest you'll get to the beach this year, or you have to tear yourself away from the dunes to enjoy it, it's an essential part of any movie-lover's summer.
  2. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Jun 19, 2014
    100
    Rohmer has a genius for taking a seemingly mundane situation and slowly tightening the screws.
  3. Reviewed by: Jonathan Kiefer
    Jun 19, 2014
    100
    The Rohmer touch consists of nonchalance and effortless sensuality, not just in the people, but also in the landscape, somehow even in the air.
  4. Reviewed by: Chris Nashawaty
    Jul 11, 2014
    91
    Eric Rohmer’s sun-kissed love quadrangle remains as fresh and romantically profound as it was 18 years ago.
  5. Reviewed by: Kenneth Turan
    Jul 17, 2014
    90
    It may seem like nothing much is happening on-screen, but by the time A Summer's Tale is all over, it feels like everything important has been said and done. Welcome to the magic of Rohmer, one final time.
  6. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Jun 19, 2014
    90
    The thoughts may not be profound, but they are profoundly true to life,and the writer-director’s approach to young people’s concerns is remarkably universal and timeless.
  7. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Jun 19, 2014
    90
    A Summer’s Tale has room to focus on Rohmer’s brilliance at revealing human nature through articulate, multidimensional characters, perfectly cast, who in some ways seem to exist outside of time.
  8. Reviewed by: Josh Kupecki
    Sep 3, 2014
    89
    Fall into the rhythm of Rohmer’s beats, and you will hear the sound of humanity wrestling with everything that matters.
  9. Reviewed by: Mark Jenkins
    Jul 11, 2014
    88
    Like most of Rohmer’s movies, A Summer’s Tale is comic, humane and much more complicated than it seems at first. The fresh-faced actors, realistic dialogue and naturalistic performances suggest a casual approach, but as the story progresses, the filmmaker’s control is increasingly evident.
  10. Reviewed by: Glenn Kenny
    Jun 20, 2014
    88
    Looking at the picture’s mostly sun-drenched and drolly cheerful surface layer, one marvels at Rohmer’s unerring sense of what drama kings and queens young people can be.
  11. Reviewed by: Nick McCarthy
    Jun 19, 2014
    88
    A Summer's Tale's linear structure and sense of observation is simple yet inspired.
  12. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Jul 18, 2014
    83
    This is a movie of high innocence, set at a time in life when romantic love is still a frolic and the seaside is a balm that quells all ills.
  13. Reviewed by: Barbara VanDenburgh
    Aug 21, 2014
    80
    There's a purity to the experience of watching a film so naturalistic, like living in someone else's life for two hours.
  14. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Aug 29, 2014
    75
    A Summer's Tale is one of those movies where it looks like nothing is happening; there is a lot of walking and talking (against exquisite backdrops), dissections and discourse about the intricacies of romance, the false signals, the fickleness.

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