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  • Summary: An erotic, lyrical depiction of a young girl's sexual awakening, Somersault is a breakthrough debut for both its director and its star. (Magnolia Pictures)
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  1. Positive: 19 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. 100
    Cornish's raw, nuanced performance and Shortland's sympathetic but unsentimental portrayal of Heidi's fumbling steps toward maturity are underscored by Sydney-based band Decoder Ring's catchy, angst-ridden score.
  2. Dreamy and creepy, tender and terrifying, Somersault is a frank and visceral film that at the same time exudes an unexpected innocence.
  3. Reviewed by: Duane Byrge
    80
    With Somersault, filmmaker Cate Shortland has expertly served up a vivid and touching tale, one told many times before, but in this well-realized mounting, one that sparkles with fresh awareness.
  4. The character can be a dolt, but Cornish is a marvel, exuding a reckless hunger and prowling with a sexuality of potent directness.
  5. Reviewed by: G. Allen Johnson
    75
    This is the kind of small filmmaking that leaves a big impression.
  6. 70
    I'm sure some people will be driven mad by the deliberate ambiguities of Somersault, and by its characters' near-total inability to understand themselves or express themselves. But to me, that makes it uncannily true to life.
  7. Reviewed by: Melissa Levine
    50
    There are lots of ways to grow up. The method offered in this Australian drama is to do something awful and then flee from it.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3

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