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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

4 stars

"Apparently I'm a bad influence on people." In the Yorkshire countryside, working-class tomboy Mona (Press) meets the exotic, pampered Tasmin (Blunt). Over the summer season, the two young women discover they have much to teach one another, and much to explore together. REVIEW Polish-born director Pawel Pawlikowski's second fiction feature, freely adapted by the director and Michael Wynne from a novel by Helen Cross, is a disarming story of two young women of very disparate backgrounds colliding into a risky, beguiling affair. At the beginning of the titular summer in a Yorkshire town, Mona (Natalie Press) hasn't a lot to look forward to: Her partner in carnal relations has thrown her off, and her brother (the increasingly reliable Paddy Considine) has come out of prison born-again; we first see him emptying liquor bottles in the pub he and Mona inherited from their parents, the better to convert the spot into a Christian meeting place. One day, toddling about on her engineless scooter, the bright-eyed blond meets the almost Vichy Tamsin (Emily Blunt), whose fairy-tale appeal is enhanced by the fact that she lives in a veritable castle, complete with neglectful parents. The two become passionate friends, then more. Beautifully acted by the two leads and filled with astonishingly enacted and acutely observed instances of the kind of magic that happens when two people get lost in each other (even when what they're getting lost in isn't the "real" person), this is as wonderfully realized an observation of female affinity as 1999's great The Dreamlife of Angels.

- LorenzoVonMatterhorn, Saturday, October 2, 2010

3 stars

It's a summer shared between two teenage girls from different sides of the track. Mona, the main character lives in a pub with her brother who has closed it down and made it a place of worship. One day, she meets Tamsin, a rich girl who is home for the summer from private school. They spend just about every moment together and become so involved with one another that they start up an intimate relationship. The ending turns out a bit twisted, which made the film.

- LitelBluHli, Wednesday, October 7, 2009

4 stars

A very sweet and gentle film with plenty to think about and plenty to look at. Great cast and beautifully shot!

- SirPant, Thursday, September 24, 2009