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  • Summary: A hauntingly evoked tale of three adolescent girls' first loves, discovery of sexual passion, and search for identity. (Lions Gate Films)
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 21
  2. Negative: 3 out of 21
  1. 88
    This is a movie for those who sometimes, in the stillness of the sleepless night, are so filled with hope and longing that they feel like -- well, like uttering wild goat cries to the moon. You know who you are.
  2. Pool captures the crazed urgency of first love -- the feeling of a passion so fierce that even a disapproving society can't crush it.
  3. 75
    Boldly goes where Hollywood rarely treads: into the passionate, intense and complex world of girls at the point in their lives when self-discovery is tempered by enormous vulnerability.
  4. 60
    Piper Perabo is a revelation -- and Barton is maturing into a sensitive, subtle performer with a marvelously expressive face.
  5. 50
    Perabo gives a fairly impressive and flashy performance, even when the script descends into melodrama.
  6. The movie is beautiful to look at (lensed by Pierre Gill) as are the girls, but it takes its clunky message so seriously that it often verges on silliness.
  7. Isn't much more than a self-indulgent picture about the feeble delirium of a lovesick girl -- lightweight stuff that labors to seem terribly important.

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  1. Negative: 2 out of 115
  1. Sep 10, 2010
    A powerful film about the sometimes crippling power of love of another. As powerful as it is tragic, this is a movie I would not recommend to the faint of art, but to anyone who appreciates the power of love. Expand

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