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9/25/2018 by Leah PickettRefreshingly, Simón's take on the "summer that changed everything" movie is delicate and unsentimental, earning an emotional response simply by exploring how a child interprets loss from the child's perspective and at the child's pace.
San Diego Reader
6/22/2018 by Scott MarksNot since Boyhood has a film shown this much respect and understanding for what it's like to be a child.
Minneapolis Star Tribune
6/21/2018 by Colin CovertThe immersive "Summer 1993" is almost free of plot but rich with a scrapbook's worth of childhood memories.
6/14/2018 by Barbara VanDenburghIt's a film entirely lacking in pomp, but there's a certain bravado in its delicate reservation. A tender and spare meditation on family unfurls in the stillness of a sleepy, sun-soaked Spanish summer.
6/6/2018 by Peter KeoughIn this semi-autobiographical period piece, Simón achieves the rare feat of faithfully recreating the mysterious consciousness of a child.
Wall Street Journal
5/25/2018 by Joe MorgensternSome creatures are able to grow new limbs. Frida, given more than half a chance after demanding it, achieves something no less remarkable. She grows new joy and hope.
5/24/2018 by Ella TaylorThe result is a kind of grief procedural, its focus sharpened by the lush greens of the Catalan landscape.
Los Angeles Times
5/24/2018 by Gary GoldsteinUltimately, this is a memorable look at our desire to love and feel safe, to connect and belong - and the unexpected ways in which families can reshape and grow.
New York Times
5/24/2018 by Jeannette CatsoulisMovingly understated and beautifully acted.
5/23/2018 by Robert AbeleRather than adopt an excuse to turn this hardship material into easy sentiment, Simón treats this very personal matter with a focused, unhurried wisdom for the ways even a left-turn girlhood can still be a celebration of being young, alive, and open.
5/23/2018 by Kyle TurnerAn extraordinary and beautiful work of grief and memory.
5/22/2018 by Mike D'AngeloSimón succeeds in creating a rich, vivid world from her own turbulent pre-adolescence, though the film does meander in a way that makes its deeply personal nature unmistakable.
2/22/2017 by Jay WeissbergFinding the right audience may be difficult, but this delicate sleeper is worth the effort.
2/12/2017 by Jonathan HollandA thoughtful and moving family portrait.
10/30/2018 by Christopher JamesHere, we get a nuanced and heartbreaking picture of a child displaced to her Aunt and Uncle. However, the film needs to have more insights to sustain itself.
10/29/2018 by Sean MulvihillSummer 1993 is a quiet, tender character study focused on its young protagonist, her youthful existence in a state of flux following the death of her mother.
The Victoria Advocate
10/12/2018 by Joe FriarIn one form or another, we can all relate to some childhood experience shared by the film's two young protagonists. An ingenious portrait of family, heartbreak, and belonging.
The Lonely Film Critic
10/12/2018 by Tomas TrussowSimón's loving replication of the past is anchored in a bevy of lush greens and warm tans, with the sounds of domestic and outdoor life coming through with a keen vitality.
Gay City News
9/5/2018 by Steve EricksonThe four actors did extended improvisations as a family before the film shoot began and the chemistry they developed shows; they have a convincing intimacy together.
La Nación (Costa Rica)
8/27/2018 by William Venegas[Summer 1993] avoids simplification and develops its complexity from the internal labyrinth that Frida lives in. [Full review in Spanish]
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