Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 37 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 37
  2. Negative: 1 out of 37
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  1. 100
    One of the most irresistible films of the year so far.
  2. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Jun 2, 2011
    100
    Wonderfully funny and subversively affecting.
  3. Reviewed by: Nathan Rabin
    Jun 2, 2011
    91
    Submarine is the film "Youth In Revolt" should have been, an achingly sad yet ribald account of a hyper-verbal oddball's ascent/descent into manhood.
  4. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    Jun 5, 2011
    90
    It's a cagey delight, and an imposing feature directorial debut for one of Britain's TV stalwarts.
  5. Reviewed by: Kenneth Turan
    Jun 5, 2011
    90
    Writer-director Richard Ayoade has the knack. A fresh and inventive cinematic voice, he's taken a subject that's been beaten half to death and brought it miraculously to life in his smart and funny debut feature, Submarine.
  6. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Jun 16, 2011
    88
    As an homage to an influential director, Submarine blows "Super 8" out of the water.
  7. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Jun 9, 2011
    88
    Submarine isn't an insipid teen sex comedy. It flaunts some stylistic devices, such as titles and sections and self-aware narration, but it doesn't try too hard to be desperately clever.
  8. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Jun 9, 2011
    88
    Isn't merely joke-funny. It's texture-funny.
  9. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Jun 3, 2011
    88
    The excruciating and the hilarious mingle nearly to perfection in this marvelously visualized and deeply felt British film.
  10. Reviewed by: M. E. Russell
    Jun 16, 2011
    83
    Submarine pulls off a nice little feat: It's a reference-heavy coming-of-age indie flick that feels fresh despite being, well, a reference-heavy coming-of-age indie flick.
  11. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Jun 1, 2011
    83
    Where "Bridesmaids" has plenty of solid gags, it's not much to look at; Submarine always has something impressive to watch even when its plot is on autopilot.
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 97 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 17
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 17
  3. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Jun 5, 2011
    10
    Normally I wouldn't give movies like this a 10, more of an 8 but due to the pretentious-steaming-pile-of-you-know-what people out there givingNormally I wouldn't give movies like this a 10, more of an 8 but due to the pretentious-steaming-pile-of-you-know-what people out there giving it a 0 I hae to try an balance it. Also Richard Ayoade is brilliant in everything he's done. Most notably 'The IT Crowd' and 'Garth Mergingi's Dark Place'. Please if you haven't seen it an only know the premise don't give it a rating. Your screwing with peoples bread and butter when you do. Full Review »
  2. Oct 5, 2011
    10
    Fantastic in every way.
  3. Jun 5, 2011
    9
    Not perfect by any means, and the main character is odd and destructive to the point of not being relatable - but it's still effortlesslyNot perfect by any means, and the main character is odd and destructive to the point of not being relatable - but it's still effortlessly charming for the most part, especially towards the start and the end. Ayoade has better things to come. Definitely not for everyone Full Review »