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  • Summary: The death of the matriarch removes the anchor of a suburban New Jersey family, letting each member drift into those swift-moving social currents.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. 80
    The actors are superb -- especially Smith, who exudes some of the live-wire charisma of the young Sean Penn in Rosenthal's "Bad Boys," and the smoldering Brewster.
  2. Reviewed by: Michael Ordona
    80
    This film is smart, funny and, thanks in no small part to David Geddes' cinematography, it occasionally approaches the poetic.
  3. 75
    This intimate coming-of-age story benefits from excellent performances, notably Gregory Smith's.
  4. 60
    There's nothing remotely surprising in the entire film. But the generally winning -- and freakishly good-looking -- cast, endowed by Jacob Aaron Estes's script with intelligent, if occasionally overwritten dialogue, makes for viewing that is easy on the eyes and the ears.
  5. Reviewed by: Luke Y. Thompson
    60
    This '70s-era teen romance from the director of "Halloween II" and the screenwriter of "Mean Creek" is a quietly effective number, a little like an '80s John Hughes movie without the laughs (not an insult in this case).
  6. Scott Sommer's late-1970s coming-of-age novel, with little of the vivid specificity of "Mean Creek," even though the two share a screenwriter and a producer.
  7. 42
    The sort of movie that makes you feel like a heel for not liking it: Independently made and heartfelt, it also happens to have been shot in Portland. Nonetheless, the accumulation of cliches big and small manage to erase whatever goodwill its other features have engendered.

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Score distribution:
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  1. SteveF
    Oct 23, 2006
    8
    The casting is superb with amazing performances by all the actors. The story is well constructed but drags in a few places. All in all a good film.