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  • Summary: Casper (Emory Cohen) and Dominic (Callan McAuliffe) have been fiercely loyal friends since childhood. Desperate for a way out of their quiet town on the Maine-Canada border, the boys make a pact to pool their earnings on a car and hit the road. But when Casper is drawn into drug smuggling with his outlaw father (Aidan Gillen) to pay his share, their friendship is pushed to the brink and adult choices forced on them all too soon. [Tribeca Film] Expand
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: 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

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  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
    young lead.

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