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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.
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.
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
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
May 30, 2018
Like Grey Gardens, the new film works its magic through its startling mixture of decay and splendour.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 30, 2018
No one who loves Grey Gardens can do without this.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
May 28, 2018
For those fascinated by the Maysles brothers' classic 1975 documentary Grey Gardens, a portrait of the eccentric, impoverished socialites Edith Ewing Bouvier Beale and her daughter Edie, this is a Beale-apalooza.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 25, 2018
Big and Little Edies' pre-existing fans will relish this early look at the eccentric recluses who lived in squalor despite their familial connection to Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy.
May 24, 2018
At its best, "That Summer" proves an effective time capsule aimed squarely at Beale devotees, adding light and context to the saga of this endlessly baffling and singularly captivating mother-daughter duo.
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