Metascore
62

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    Apr 23, 2014
    90
    Beneath the Harvest Sky offers a heartbreakingly authentic, vividly realized account of adolescent frustration and yearning.
  2. Reviewed by: Nikola Grozdanovic
    May 19, 2014
    75
    On both technical and thematic levels, the filmmakers have succeeded in using the tools of cinema to carve out an authentic look at troubled youth, and the choices we have to make in order to steer away from the wrong path.
  3. Reviewed by: Keith Staskiewicz
    May 1, 2014
    75
    The film’s first half feels almost as directionless as its characters, but the detailed specificity of the milieu and story proves engrossing.
  4. Reviewed by: Zachary Wigon
    Apr 29, 2014
    70
    Gaudet and Pullapilly have a background in documentaries, and there's a convincing naturalism to their storytelling.
  5. Reviewed by: Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
    May 1, 2014
    67
    Like "Winter’s Bone" and "Frozen River," the movie attempts to re-mystify a handful of old tropes—the tragic snitch, crime as a family business—by placing them in unfamiliar terrain.
  6. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    May 8, 2014
    63
    While the climax of Beneath the Harvest Sky is a jumble of crosscutting, thunderstorms, and an inconveniently collapsing house, the movie never loses the pulse of people and tragedies it knows too well.
  7. Reviewed by: Nick Prigge
    Apr 27, 2014
    63
    It flourishes in the spaces between the plot's necessary setups and subsequent payoffs, which is nearly enough to redeem the film if not for the narrative going belly up in the third act.
  8. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    May 1, 2014
    60
    Beneath the Harvest Sky reaches a dramatic climax that is so rushed and confusing, you are left scratching your head. But for all its missteps, the film feels authentic. Through thick and thin, it stubbornly maintains a thorny integrity.
  9. Reviewed by: Boyd van Hoeij
    Apr 23, 2014
    60
    The rock-solid bond between the film’s two drifting 17-year-olds... is the film’s undeniable highlight but the true depth of their friendship crystallizes quite late and is too often obscured by a subplot involving minor characters caught up in a cross-border drug running operation.
  10. Reviewed by: Farran Smith Nehme
    Apr 30, 2014
    50
    Directors Aron Gaudet and Gita Pullapilly overload their too-long film with subplots. Yet the actors — including a terrific Aiden Gillen (“Game of Thrones”) as Casper’s no-good father — perform as though unaware that any of this is a cliché.
  11. Reviewed by: Mike D'Angelo
    Apr 23, 2014
    50
    Cohen and McAuliffe fail to distinguish their characters from the umpteen previous iterations of “sensible guy and his hotheaded best friend,” and the film winds up less interested in their relationship than in the compelling details of the smuggling operation, with which they’re only tangentially associated.
User Score
6.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Oct 3, 2014
    8
    Excellent but depressing as F.

    This is one of the best coming of age films I've seen this year. Great performances specifically from the
    Excellent but depressing as F.

    This is one of the best coming of age films I've seen this year. Great performances specifically from the young lead.

    It won't have you weeping like Fault in Our Stars but leaves you with an empty feeling.
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