Metascore
82

Universal acclaim - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. 100
    Like Malick's "Days of Heaven," it is not about plot, but about memory and regret. It remembers a summer that was not a happy summer, but there will never again be a summer so intensely felt, so alive, so valuable.
  2. Green tells the tale through leisurely, eye-catching shots that allow the young cast members to imbue their characters with striking credibility and intensity.
  3. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Mar 10, 2014
    90
    George Washington is a mood piece first, and its triumph is in bottling up the intense feeling of early adolescence, and watching how tragedy transforms it.
  4. 90
    May turn out to be the finest American indie of the year.
  5. 90
    Green has created a work of startling originality that will haunt you for a good, long time.
  6. 90
    This dream of a movie is set in such a place; with its delicate shifts of tone, it could be a fairy tale by Faulkner
  7. Director David Gordon Green has made a work of uncommon beauty and intelligence, one that is smart enough to trust its characters and the technical contributions of its crew.
  8. A picture about America with the blinders off, a film about heroism that makes you chuckle and feel sad - and a film about childhood that lets us reenter that lost world and see the grass, sky and sunlight the way they once looked, in the golden hours.
  9. A peculiar combination of willful meandering and matter of fact violence, and it occasionally confounds in its attempts to exalt.
  10. 80
    It's at once brilliant and inept.
  11. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    80
    It stands, soars on its own. It moves to a seductive rhythm and vision.
  12. None of the children are professionals, and their uncontrived performances lend a painfully real quality to what becomes a rather lyrical story.
  13. 75
    For those willing to work a bit at it, this is the sort of artistry many American independent movies aspire to - but rarely achieve.
  14. Although rough, it's a gem.
  15. Hardly perfect or fully successful, but it's strange and strangely beautiful -- a unique work of art.
  16. A first-rate student film, but not much more.
  17. Has memorable characters and images. Yet the story is elusive and occasionally puzzling, and some of the ideas are amorphous and self-conscious.
  18. He (writer/director David Gordon Green) fired his arrow straight at a worthwhile target, but it fell a little short.
  19. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    50
    Stylized to the point of poetry.
User Score
8.1

Universal acclaim- based on 18 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. MattO.
    Aug 29, 2007
    6
    Well done,but definitely overrated. I find DGG's movie have great characters in plots that are threadbare.