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  • Summary: Two kids are stripped naked and left together on an island in a lake - victims of a vicious summer camp prank, but rather than returning to camp to face humiliation, they decide to run off together. What follows is a three day odyssey of self-discovery.
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  1. Positive: 0 out of 5
  2. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    Aug 20, 2013
    60
    Director D.J. Caruso offers a practical solution to the issue of adolescent bullying, as its two young protags respond to a case of vicious hazing not with despair or retaliation, but through teamwork and character-building.
  2. Reviewed by: Marsha McCreadie
    Aug 16, 2013
    50
    Standing Up is mainly an exercise in personality development for Grace, raising her self-esteem, and giving her confidence.
  3. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    Aug 20, 2013
    50
    While its theme of youthful empowerment inevitably strikes an emotional chord, the film never manages to achieve any dramatic steam, plodding along in mildly diverting but essentially bland fashion.
  4. Reviewed by: Sherrie Li
    Aug 20, 2013
    40
    The execution lacks the whimsical charm and nuance of similarly plotted Moonrise Kingdom as well as the power and clarity of 2011 documentary Bully.
  5. Reviewed by: Annlee Ellingson
    Aug 15, 2013
    30
    It's unclear who this blandly titled drama is aimed at — devoid as it is of humor or any real hazard and lacking the provocative undertones of its source material.
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  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Nov 6, 2013
    6
    Whilst I found that there are issues with the story throughout, I found this film to be a sweet tale of someone who recieved the chance to be shown how to like themself. Expand

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