Universal acclaim - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 31
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 31
  3. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. 75
    This isn't a coming-of-age movie so much as a movie about being of an age.
  2. Pawlikowski has made a romance that becomes a horror movie in which love, more than anything around it, is a delusionary fever to fear.
  3. 70
    A bittersweet rite-of-passage story driven by the subtle performances of newcomers Nathalie Press and Emily Blunt.
  4. Travels so deeply into the confusions of female adolescence that you'd never know this deceptively languid British film was directed by a Polish-born man.
  5. Superbly acted, movingly written, and directed with a tough-minded lyricism rarely found in today's films. A summer movie to love.
  6. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    At its most interesting, the movie offers us the sight of people desperately embracing faith in the hopes it will pull them through.
  7. Two teen girls forge an explosive connection in a compelling Pawel Pawlikowski film.
  8. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    An intriguing, if meandering, escape from the summer blockbusters.
  9. An exquisite exploration into the realms of seduction, obsession, deception and disillusionment.
  10. Remains highly watchable throughout, for its atmosphere and the actors.
  11. 75
    The movie is enchanting yet strangely menacing, and it becomes clear that Pawlikowski is no mere love fool.
  12. 90
    So fraught with unresolved issues of class, sexuality, and spiritual need, and so carefully observed by Pawlikowski, that it opens out like the movie's West Yorkshire countryside.
  13. When compared with most of what passes for honest teen drama these days, My Summer of Love is a real reprieve.
  14. 90
    Its stars, Emily Blunt and Natalie Press, are film newcomers who give startling performances. The photography is often breathtakingly original.
  15. 75
    Far from earthshaking, but it's fun while it lasts.
  16. The film is a triumph of mood and implication.
  17. 63
    Pawlikowski's heart may be with Mona, but his art is closer to Tamsin. He luxuriates in his sensibility without delivering a movie that pays off in originality or insight.
  18. 80
    Pawlikowski's off-balance compositions and affection for odd close-ups suggest the influence of Wong Kar-Wai, but the film's low-key observational spirit owes as much to Mike Leigh.
  19. Nuanced, exquisite and predictable.
  20. Slowly evolves into an oddly affecting mood piece.
  21. 83
    My Summer of Love, with its lush, sunlit landscapes, may occupy the opposite end of the visual spectrum, but it reinforces the sense that this director knows his way around the range of human emotion as well.
  22. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    Press and Blunt are major discoveries: in this sly and wonderfully atmospheric gem, they conjure up the role-playing raptures of youth with perfect poetic pitch.
  23. The film is emotionally and visually sustained, so it is pleasant.
  24. Reviewed by: Derek Elley
    Direction, performances and lensing blend into an immensely satisfying, if almost uncategorizable, whole in Pawel Pawlikowski's My Summer of Love.
  25. Pawlikowski has made a gorgeously ambiguous film -- based upon a novel by Helen Cross -- that is blessedly hard to tag; in fact, it's a compilation of genres and moods -- comedy, romance and diabolical thriller -- and that is its core strength and freshness.
  26. My Summer of Love may sound like the title of a hot teen flick, but it is a truly refreshing grown-up big-screen film, a rare gem in this summer of duds.
  27. Some of the metaphors are a bit too literal but the director largely succeeds with his story and the surprises are convincing. Best of all the film has a terrific sense of humor and the young actresses exploit it delightfully.
  28. The result is a mood movie that sweeps you into its infatuation and holds you there.
  29. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    This is as wonderfully realized an observation of female affinity as 1999’s great "The Dreamlife of Angels."
  30. Reviewed by: Ellen Fox
    It's all very mesmerizing, for them and us.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 53 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 25
  2. Negative: 6 out of 25
  1. Sep 1, 2010
    Two girls from different backgrounds meet one Summer, spend time together, fall in love, Summer ends.
    Decent story & well acted out by the two
    lead actresses &, of course, Paddy Considine.
    Nice setting of a small Northern town & a good soundtrack to back it up.
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  2. snewgoblin
    Jul 31, 2007
    Perfect acting, good story and anti-Christian theme make My Summer Of Love one of the best movies I've ever seen. The only weakness is that the last 20 minutes are too predictable. But it's still a fantastic movie. Full Review »
  3. PaulS.
    Sep 23, 2006
    The best film I've seen this year. It is stunningly beautiful. England's countryside draws you in. You won't be able to take your eyes off the principal actresses; they're brilliant. This is an art film that delivers...I hope Hollywood is paying attention. Full Review »