Days of the Bagnold Summer

Days of the Bagnold Summer

Days of the Bagnold Summer

When a summer in Florida with his father doesn't pan out, a heavy metal-loving teenager is forced to spend six long weeks with his mild-mannered librarian mother. A feel-good British tale adapted from Joff Winterhart's graphic novel. Co-stars Rob Brydon (The Trip).

2019Rating: M, Offensive language86 minsUK
Comedy

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Days of the Bagnold Summer / Reviews

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

A truthful and sometimes moving slice of life... elevated by vivid lead performances.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

A coming-of-age story that aspires to winsomeness and wisdom, but only gets so far.

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The Australian

The Australian

Simon Tindall's strikingly dramatic widescreen photography is extremely impressive, but it's the performances, and the truths inherent in the drama, that linger in the mind.

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Boston Globe

Boston Globe

Despite lacking in visual urgency, the film is saved by the heartfelt relationship at its centre.

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Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

The film could do with more urgent pacing and structure, but it’s meant to be minimal − not much more than an acutely observed, achingly accurate slice of modern life.

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Little White Lies

Little White Lies

Funny, slight, meandering - still, a promising directorial debut by Simon Bird.

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Variety

Variety

Even if the general ultra-clean cartoonishness of it all is deliberate, the film’s whisper-thin premise and sitcom-like characters are the cinema equivalent of Sweethearts candy: rather too sugared, and immediately forgotten.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

The sour-tinged comedy of excruciatingly English embarrassment deploys some talented performers on both sides of the camera but its promising parts never quite cohere into a properly satisfying whole.

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The Telegraph

The Telegraph

Sometimes it just takes one actor to elevate a film from innocuous, take-it-or-leave it fare into something winningly tender – and if your first film’s needing that kind of lift-off, you could hardly do much better than Monica Dolan.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

If the film never completely coheres into a satisfying whole, Days Of The Bagnold Summer has a lot going for it: a nicely judged sense of character, an eye for detail and strong performances, especially from Dolan. It also suggests Simon Bird is a filmmaker worth watching.

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Screen Daily

Screen Daily

The approach is scrupulously even-handed. The film is just as interested in mild-mannered Sue’s journey as it is in Daniel’s coming of age... wryly low key, with a keen eye for the subtle stabs and small daily humiliations that gradually mount.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

Here’s a movie that tells us that the days of summer, like the boys of summer in Don Henley’s song, are going to get outlived by the love they inspire. It’s what happens in this thoroughly sweet-natured, charming and unassuming British film.

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