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That Summer Reviews

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June 15, 2020
That Summer is more a well-edited curiosity than a fully realized documentary, but in this case, it works because the subjects are so captivating and bizarre.
February 13, 2020
As a "prequel" look at the Beales, That Summer makes for a fascinating contrast between the icons they have been turned into and the people they were before then.
December 10, 2018
With an eye on challenging or differently interpreting a modern American legend, That Summer could have been superlative. Instead, it just feels superfluous.
August 9, 2018
Those who can't get enough of the Beales are likely to feel as if they've discovered a long-lost family photo album.
August 5, 2018
Proving that there is never too much of a good thing, director Göran Olsson, creates the perfect prequel to Grey Gardens with this documentary.
July 9, 2018
Whether you'll find this utterly fascinating or a glorified DVD extra depends entirely on just how obsessed with Grey Gardens you are.
July 6, 2018
An odds-and-sods compilation that's even heavier on the squalor porn, That Summer is primarily for Grey Gardens completists...
July 5, 2018
"That Summer" leaves me with Beale fatigue. It would seem to appeal to "Grey Gardens" completists only.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
July 2, 2018
The footage is interesting on its own, sure, but a lot of the impact is lost if you don't know the story behind it.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
June 29, 2018
The film's biggest revelation is Lee Radziwill herself -- looking as lithe as a teenager and even more beautiful than her sister.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 8, 2018
At just 80 minutes, That Summer is probably one for enthusiasts only, but existing fans will find plenty to savour.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 7, 2018
An impressionistic study of a moment in time in which the promise of the previous decade was being unceremoniously eroded.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 7, 2018
Its value lies less in its resurrection of footage long thought vanished than in the way that it has been co-opted, with remarkably little overt editorial interference, into an essay on the impermanence, persistence and importance of memory.
June 5, 2018
Grey Gardens purists might find it jarring to see the isolated icons fully clothed and interacting with outsiders, but this prequel still contains plenty of tough love between two high-class outcasts.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 4, 2018
[That Summer] serves as a kind of prequel to Grey Gardens and, while niche market, it is fascinating as a portrait of the two women, and as a snapshot of a time and a side of American royalty.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 3, 2018
Olsson's approach to the footage mirrors that of the compulsive-hoarder subjects: keep everything, discard nothing. There's some treasure in there somewhere.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 1, 2018
Rats run through their litter-strewn mansion, and their rich Hamptons neighbours are clearly horrified, but there's a grandeur to the way they pick their way through the trash, seeing around them not a kip, perhaps, but a palace.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 1, 2018
Essential for Grey Gardens completists, but equally very niche.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
May 31, 2018
A tribute to the spirited ones.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 30, 2018
That Summer is a found-footage documentary which might as easily be a Tennessee Williams play. It is that weird and wonderful.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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