“has a uniquely strange, yet totally accessible comic sensibility, fused by a brilliant script to a brace of pitch-perfect performances.”~Leigh Paatsch, Herald Sun (Australia)
Aroview: Actor Richard Ayoade (The IT Crowd) proves adept behind the camera with this imaginative adaptation of Joe Dunthorne's novel about precocious 15-year-old Welshman caught in the thick of first love while his parents' relationship sours.
Bittersweet and evocative, the music, cinematography, design and editing choices form a cohesive, affecting portrait that cuts to the heart of adolescent yearning and romantic entanglement. Wryly comic, but never too cute, Ayoade's precocious talent makes the subjective rites-of-passage material seem fresh, aided by the dead-on casting of newcomer Craig Roberts in the central role.
3 stars (Good Enough) Maybe 3.5 stars is more accurate. Just when you think these people need to take better control of their lives you realize that this is probably a pretty realistic depiction of the world.~s36e175
5 stars (Exceptional) A coming of age film that goes dark with its humour- but stays fantastically human. Colour is used brilliantly for some fantastic visual metaphor and it all amounts to something smart, funny and just a lil abstract.~Sevenhead