Metascore
80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 16
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 16
  3. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. 100
    Aside from the effectiveness of Set Me Free as a coming-of-age story, it's also one of the most poetic avowals of love for movies that I've seen in years.
  2. Nicely acted and inflected, this is a very fresh piece of work.
  3. Propelled by a captivating, wrenching performance by Karine Vanasse as Hanna, a 13-year-old girl adrift in a sea of powerful emotions in Montreal in 1963.
  4. 90
    Karine Vanasse, as the protagonist Hanna, is perfectly cast because she has the body of a woman and the sweet, sexless face of a child.
  5. 90
    Maintains a reflective, bittersweet tone that's almost tactile.
  6. Reviewed by: Richard T. Jameson
    87
    Blessedly free of candy-box prettiness, cloying gentility, and anything else that might dishonor its deeply felt, sensitively observed memoir.
  7. A challenging concept conveyed here most impressively onscreen.
  8. Exquisite and fragile in visuals and tone, yet has some difficulty with a choppy narrative.
  9. 75
    A coming-of-age movie that stands apart from the rest.
  10. Stands apart from the trite conventions of most coming-of-age drama chiefly through the originality of Pool's approach and the honesty and conviction of Karine Vanasse's portrait of Hanna.
  11. Shows us a filmmaker, unafraid of her emotions, unafraid to mine her past, someone clear-eyed, non-egoistic, full of life and warmth.
  12. 75
    Tells its story so effectively through pictures it's barely necessary to read the subtitles.
  13. 75
    The movie gets a little confused toward the end, I think, as its writer and director, Lea Pool, tries to settle things that could have been left unresolved.
  14. 70
    Spare and quietly heartbreaking, this French-Canadian feature uses a fine brush to depict a teenage girl in the midst of a quiet crisis.
  15. Reviewed by: Cary Darling
    63
    Sports a cool, early '60s soundtrack of hit-radio pop. But, make no mistake, this is no "American Graffiti."
  16. A slice of life that adds up to exactly the sum of its parts, no more, no less.

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