Nico and Dani


Mixed or average reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 21
  2. Negative: 2 out of 21

Critic Reviews

  1. Boston Globe
    Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    The film is rightfully carried by Nico and Dani and under Gay's artful helmsmanship it's carried with remarkable sympathy and believability.
  2. Touching, funny, unflinching and true.
  3. An exceptional coming-of-age film--subtle, humorous, compassionate, acutely perceptive.
  4. Portland Oregonian
    Reviewed by: Kim Morgan
    Delivers the oft-trod subject of boys' sexuality with intelligence and freshness.
  5. Baltimore Sun
    Reviewed by: Chris Kaltenbach
    A more honest version of "Summer of '42."
  6. Director Gay deals so honestly with the boys' emotions, it's almost a revelation when compared to Hollywood fabrications.
  7. 75
    American teenage movies tidy things up by pairing off the right couples at the end. In Europe they know that summers end and life goes on.
  8. Philadelphia Inquirer
    Reviewed by: Desmond Ryan
    Honest, sensitive and keenly observant.
  9. Miami Herald
    Reviewed by: Rene Rodriguez
    The movie ultimately turns out to be less about sex than it is about the point in a friendship where two people decide they will both be better off if they part ways.
  10. Chicago Tribune
    Reviewed by: Robert K. Elder
    While Nico and Dani presents itself as a no-frills coming-of-age tale, its soundtrack seems lifted from a teen comedy like "American Pie."
  11. Mr. Showbiz
    Reviewed by: Kevin Maynard
    Nico and Dani merely retells a not uncommon tale without significantly enriching it. It's just too familiar to play as poignantly as it would like to.
  12. That rarest of creatures: a coming-of-age dramedy whose (nearly) teenage stars are natural actors, whose direction is unforced, and whose sexual themes are treated with candor and humor.
  13. 60
    Breezy, surprisingly poignant Spanish film.
  14. Rambling and easygoing, Nico and Dani is a modest but frank look at adolescent lust, both heterosexual and homosexual.
  15. The acting is amiable but the story isn't much deeper than the callow main characters.
  16. Sweet and harmless -- a beach movie in more ways than one -- but it doesn't run awfully deep.
  17. L.A. Weekly
    Reviewed by: Chuck Wilson
    Filled with the kind of frank, nonsensational sensuality that eludes American filmmakers, this movie proves again that the most interesting cinema about teenage life -- gay and otherwise -- is being made far from our provincial shores.
  18. Amazingly, Cesc Gay's delicate but unblinking film Nico and Dani succeeds in capturing and sustaining the fragile emotional climate of curiosity, fear, innocence and prurience that surrounds adolescent sexual experimentation.
  19. 50
    The movie avoids grand conclusions, and its restraint heightens the clarity of the perspective shifts that constitute a rite of passage; Nico and Dani is a modest chronicle of a summer during which everything had to change so that everything could stay the same.
  20. New York Post
    Reviewed by: V.A. Musetto
    A movie more interested in shocking than in entertaining.
  21. 20
    Everyone will be indifferent, as indifferent and uncaring as the characters the film portrays.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. FrankO.
    Feb 2, 2006
    I really enjoyed this movie; fast paced, plot kept moving with enough twist to keep you guessing. Well done coming of age movie; have NOT I really enjoyed this movie; fast paced, plot kept moving with enough twist to keep you guessing. Well done coming of age movie; have NOT seen one like this from the American market. Full Review »