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  • Summary: The divergent paths of three forty-something siblings collide when their mother, heiress to her uncle's exceptional 19th century art collection, dies suddenly. Left to come to terms with themselves and their differences, Adrienne, a successful New York designer, Frederic, an economist and university professor in Paris, and Jeremie, a dynamic businessman in China, confront the end of childhood, their shared memories, background and unique vision of the future. (IFC films) Expand
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  1. Positive: 26 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. It all comes together as formidably detailed and easy-breathing craftsmanship.
  2. Hats off to Olivier Assayas's plain yet hauntingly beautiful Summer Hours, a true--albeit nonsecular--meditation on art and eternal life.
  3. 91
    A keenly observed, typically high-quality family drama of the sort only the French seem capable of making anymore.
  4. Reviewed by: Derek Elley
    A family ensembler of utter simplicity, Oliver Assayas' Summer Hours is a salutory (and belated) reminder that, as with his earlier "Cold Water" and "Late August, Early September," some of this writer-director's best work comes in modest packages.
  5. Assayas makes the point that objects of fascination and affection to one generation may be far less so to the next. And he observes the role that people-friendly museums can play in keeping a nation's treasures safe with pleasing subtlety.
  6. Audiences watch Summer Hours and then, a week later, remember it as though they've lived it.
  7. 50
    Even for a French drama, Summer Hours is so slow as to be practically still.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 20
  2. Negative: 7 out of 20
  1. CraigM
    Jun 20, 2009
    Wistful, poignant, low-key re-imagining of The Cherry Orchard.
  2. Jay
    Jun 22, 2009
    Excellent performance from the entire cast. Juliette Binoche shines once again. In a summer cluttered with loud big budget blockbusters, this is truly a breath of fresh air! Expand
  3. [Anonymous]
    Jun 28, 2009
    Excellent film! My only minor complaint was I would have liked to see a little more screen time for Juliette Binoche, but this is minor.
  4. roberti
    Jun 11, 2009
    Structurally, a 19th century tale, updated for 21st century sensibilities. Essentially sentimental, but capturing the angst of families in the throes of global dispersal, Summer Hours coalesces around an earlier generation's obsessions with "stuff"--the material remnants of shared memories. A well-told tale, rings true to life. Expand
  5. charless
    Aug 12, 2009
    Anticlimactic story with no real compelling interest.
  6. kaltj
    Jun 24, 2009
    A deeply boring, interminably long exercise in naval gazing which somehow expects to be redeemed to American audiences by being shot in France (ooh, it's pretty!) and in French (ooh, it's foreign!). Overwrought, yawning meditations on globalization aside, you'll forgive me if i can't just bring myself to care about a movie in which the central conflict is whether the lead can bear the incredible emotional toll of selling his mother's armoire. This isn't a film, it's a craigslist post. Expand
  7. LeeR
    Aug 19, 2009
    My wife and I walked out, and I consider this one of the three worst serious movies I've ever seen.

    Unless you truly love a
    "meditation" on something too ordinary to be called ordinary, where a crinkling of a brow constitutes major action, look elsewhere.

    If you think watching privileged people talk about, examine, catalogue, and discuss the family furniture and art collection, this one's for you.

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