Banner Entertainment | Release Date: October 15, 1997 CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION
65
METASCORE
Generally favorable reviews based on 20 Critics
Positive:
13
Mixed:
7
Negative:
0
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75
It's a surprisingly sweet underdog immigrant coming-of-age story set in 1961. [24 Oct 1997]
75
Director Guy Ferland, who has made one previous feature, handles this material smoothly and well, aided by the juke-box bright colors caught by cinematographer Reynaldo Villalobos. And Eszterhas, who has never shown much flair for comedy - except for the mother lode of unintentional laughs in "Showgirls" - puts humor into this story of surprising warmth and bite. [24 Oct 1997]
67
With help from talented young director Ferland and a sublime performance from Kevin Bacon, Eszterhas has created a gentle and affecting ode to universal growing-up conflicts within a beautifully rendered evocation of a specific time and place.
63
It's your standard coming-of-age tune set to a top-40 beat. [24 Oct 1997]