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That Summer Reviews

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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
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.
July 6, 2018
An odds-and-sods compilation that's even heavier on the squalor porn, That Summer is primarily for Grey Gardens completists...
May 18, 2018
A prequel of sorts to a key Seventies movie that fills in a little of the back story of a couple of its most notable characters but never quite manages to totally justify its own existence.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 15, 2018
[A] sporadically intriguing, but ultimately unsatisfying film.
June 1, 2018
Essential for Grey Gardens completists, but equally very niche.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
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.
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.
May 23, 2018
The film is raw, not even "rough-cut" quality. And this is the charm and the power.
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
May 18, 2018
Not only does the film breathe new life into an American family surrounded by tragic mythos, but it sheds light on a cinematic treasure that forever changed documentary filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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 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
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.
May 31, 2018
A tribute to the spirited ones.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
May 16, 2018
This footage is more incidental, less mysterious and revelatory than in Grey Gardens. But, still, it's more of the Edies, which makes it priceless.
May 16, 2018
The makers of this rescued-footage documentary ultimately understand the power of its subjects' personalities.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 19, 2018
A footnote to "Grey Gardens," fascinating -- but still a footnote.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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