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  • Summary: Two eighth graders start to have feelings for each other despite being total opposites. Based on the novel "Flipped" by Wendelin Van Draanen.
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 24
  2. Negative: 2 out of 24
  1. This is a beautifully crafted and special movie to cherish, one likely to stay with you long after most of the so-called summer blockbusters have faded into memory.
  2. Callan McAuliffe, a handsome Australian youth, looks right as the perma-press Bryce.
  3. Flipped is the kind of small, special movie that wraps you up in so much warmth, humor and humanity that it will leave you wishing that stories like this weren't so rare.
  4. Far more interesting than Juli and Bryce's banal budding love is Reiner and co-scripter Andrew Scheinman's sensitive exploration of how parents shape their children.
  5. Reiner again demonstrates compassion and insight into young people's battles to acquire self-knowledge, but in his new film, too many clearly fictional characters and contrived situations bog down his story.
  6. Worse, he (Reiner) vacuum-seals it all in a patronizingly wholesome package, like an extended episode of "The Wonder Years" with all the wonder sucked out.
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    This results in a film that spells everything out visually, then further elaborates through groaningly obvious dialogue, then drives every point home for slow-witted audiences via shameless narration.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Mar 27, 2012
    10
    Of course the critics would not like this film. This piece is so careful not to clutter realism with the idle meanderings of a writers mind that one is amazed by how simple and realistic the film becomes. It is perhaps one of the best coming of age or self realization pieces I've seen. There is an excellent ensemble cast. The piece is limited technically. This isn't a comic book adaption and it's certainly not a reworking of an overworked Tolstoi piece. It's just a simple slice of life portrayed without a lot of tricks or visual effects or mass murders. Expand
  2. Mar 22, 2011
    10
    It sounds like most of the critics have forgotten what Love is like, I watched "Flipped" with my daughter and found it enchanting and memories of being in love at that age came racing back....Excellent acting by all, especially the kids and whether the adaptation is true to the book or not it came across great and would highly recommend it to any family with kids in their tween years. Expand
  3. Mar 27, 2012
    10
    This is one of the greatest movies i've seen. the screenplay is fantastic. humorous and enjoyable. I would recommend this movie to anyone of any age.
  4. Feb 13, 2011
    8
    Man I can't believe this movie has gone under the radar for so many people! I feel sorry for the people who haven't seen or heard of this movie! This was one of my best movies of 2010 by far! Rob Reiner done a fantastic job! The movie has the 'Stand By Me' feel!!! It was a really cute love story! I would recommend this for a date movie for sure! If you don't have a date please still it a go cos you won't be disappointed!!! Expand
  5. Oct 16, 2012
    8
    Flipped achieved one great thing, and that is to produce a feeling on me. At the end of the day that is one of the most important things that movies should ultimately accomplish and aim for. This movie presents one of the most ironical but true love stories that can touch many if not everybody in some way or another. Granted, it could be a bit heavy at times given its structure. Flipped interludes between the two main character's perspective on each of the several situations that they cross upon, and that opens the gate for a lot of repetition which can be a little frustrating. But overall, Flipped couldn't have been any other way; it successfully reaches so much depth because of this enduring but intriguing concept. At the end, this movie takes you back to the days of the first true love, and also to the days that resembled the meaning of what it was to be young. Expand

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