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My Summer of Love

drama, romance, thrillers


What begins as a magical friendship soon becomes laced with deception and danger in this passionate, psychological thriller starring Golden Globe winner Emily Blunt and Natalie Press.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    90%
  • Audience Score
    69%

common sense

PAUSE for kids age 15
Consumerism
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
Language
5 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Sex
3 out of 5
Violence
3 out of 5

Coming of age story; older teens and adults only.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie features instances of smoking, drinking, and drug use (including mushrooms), some rough language (including "f--k"), some experimentation with a Ouija board and discussion of anorexia, arguments over religious faith (the brother has been born again in prison and imposes it on his sister), a sex scene between a 16-year-old girl and her married male lover, and a lesbian relationship between two high school students. For mature viewers, the film offers a complicated look at belief and desire, and terrific performances by the young leads. The movie includes brief violence, when the brother grabs a girl by the throat, and when one girl learns the other has been lying and tries to drown her.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the relationship between orphaned Mona and her brother: how might they alleviate tensions by discussing their differences? How is her hope that he'll be "like he was" before prison both unrealistic and understandable? How does she see his efforts to protect her as efforts to control her? How does the film show problems caused by deceit -- between siblings, friends, and lovers? How does Mona's yearning for escape lead her to believe promises that can't be true?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    90%
    reviews counted: 21
    see all My Summer of Love reviews
  • Audience

    69%

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: Turns out to be a triumph of unexpectedness in its slimmed-down story of two teenage girls, one middle-to-lower-class, and the other upper-class.

- Andrew Sarris, New York Observer, Thursday, July 7, 2005

Fresh:

- David Ansen, Newsweek, Thursday, November 1, 2007

Fresh: ...there's little doubt that the film is occasionally just a little too uneventful for its own good.

- David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews, Saturday, October 18, 2008

Audience Reviews

3 stars

Emily Blunt is certainly an impressive little actress, and this sumptuous film provides a nice backdrop to showcase her talent. I adore the theme's ambiguity and the constant haze of alcohol, smoke, and drugs. Simplicity like this makes me happy.

- jennifxu, Monday, July 6, 2009

5 stars

I really loved the story of this, it was interesting and very well done. There were a lot of twists and turns which were very difficult to predict. The characters were well developed and interesting to watch. It was obvious that Tamsin was a bit untrustworthy and she was very good with getting people on her side and getting people to like her. Even at the end, I didn't want to believe that she did anything wrong. That was down to Blunts great performance and the script. I did feel very sorry for Mona very much, but at the end I was glad to see her walk away and become independant as she had been played very badly. I did think she'd kill Tamsin but thankfully she thought better of it. Amazing setting!

- StarCrossedVoyager, Sunday, February 7, 2010

3 stars

My Summer of Love is comparable to Peter Jackson's Heavenly Creatures in some ways. Both movies are about two unhappy, bored teenage girls (played here by Emily Blunt and Natalie Press) from wildly different backgrounds who meet and quickly form an intense bond because of their sense of humor and intelligence, and their lack of similarity to those around them. And also like Heavenly Creatures, the threat of the two girls being separated spurs some rather dark consequences for several people. I liked My Summer of Love, but it was a fair distance from perfect. The camera work was needlessly busy and distracting, and it took me the majority of the movie to get used to it. And it's a little slow at times. It also seemed like the story was a little muddled. Ambiguous or open-ended stories are fine, but Summer of Love veered towards frustration once or twice. The best parts of the movie were Emily Blunt, Natalie Press, and Paddy Considine. They're really the only main characters, and each of them does an excellent job portraying flawed people.

- lewiskendell, Friday, March 18, 2011