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Summer of 84

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Canada, United States · 2018
1h 45m
Director François Simard, Anouk Whissell, Yoann-Karl Whissell
Starring Graham Verchere, Judah Lewis, Caleb Emery, Cory Gruter-Andrew
Genre Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller

It’s the summer of 1984, the perfect time to be 15 years old and free. But when neighborhood conspiracy theorist Davey Armstrong begins to suspect his police officer neighbor might be the serial murderer all over the local news, he and his three best friends begin an investigation that soon turns dangerous.

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A modest little suspense puzzle that simulates rather than builds on vastly better “my neighbor may be a murderer” stories from “Rear Window” to “Stranger Things.”


Village Voice by Alan Scherstuhl

If you’re patient, though, and not put off by the familiarity of this material, Summer of ’84 gains in interest and urgency as it goes.


The Verge by Bryan Bishop

Where Stranger Things goes for subtle, Summer goes for on-the-nose. Where the Netflix show offers nuanced, empathetic characters, this film gives us cardboard cutouts with performances to match.


Variety by Dennis Harvey

Summer of ’84 is only cute and competent enough to be diverting; it’s neither funny nor scary enough to leave a lasting impression.


The Hollywood Reporter by John DeFore

Mystery-wise, the film teases viewers pretty effectively, with plenty of jolts that suggest the boys are on the right track balanced by other signs they're making something out of nothing.... But with a couple of small exceptions, attempts to flesh out the teen characters don't work very well.


The A.V. Club by Katie Rife

The film’s dialogue and characterization are similarly undercooked: The script strains painfully hard for off-the-cuff vulgarity, but never quite achieves it, and while the pop culture references—always a punching bag for critics when dealing with nostalgia-themed entertainments—are applied sparingly, the tin-earned dialogue gives them an awkward, shoehorned-in quality.


The Film Stage by Mike Mazzanti

At its height, Summer of ’84 sings like a sandy page-turner you end up finishing in the fall, with the wind swirling and mischief night just around the corner.

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