“ But however you take it, the movie avoids cliché (as others note) and continues to fascinate at a generally unspoken level.
“If you are looking for a profound coming of age film ..this is not it.
“ Disturbing but also slow and unpleasant .
“ The fascinating aspect is how the young can be, and learn to be, violent and evil.
“ It is a beautifully crafted story and intriguing to watch Barbara Hershey, Richard Thomas, and Bruce Davidson give such strong performances at the start of their careers.
“ Last Summer is a compelling movie that just ends when it is at its most interesting.
“ The New Hollywood movement in the 1960's and early to 1970's was exciting, challenging audiences with artistic stories that Hollywood never dreamed of making during the heydays of the Production Code (very rare exceptions crept in).
“" This leads to an unexpected ending which is reminiscent of "Lord of the Flies.
“ Disturbing and compelling drama about teenage sexual awakening.
“ An unexpected surprise .
“ As the story progresses, Burns is drawn closer to the character played by Richard Thomas setting the stage for the stunning conclusion of the film.
“ In the 1960s audiences were treated to a younger, edgier and more intense approach to subject matter and movies.
“ If you write screenplays, don't miss Catherine Burns's "speech" about her mother in Last Summer - a more powerful, evocative use of single-character dialogue in a film probably doesn't exist.
“ Instead we are given a very pretentious and slow moving adolescent character study that acts like it is saying way more than it really is.
“ So why is the 90-minutes as riveting as I think it is.
“ Intriguing and Haunting .
“ The characters were unpleasant (Sandy is clearly a sociopath) and there are long dull stretches which go nowhere and add nothing to the plot.
“ It finally ends with a completely unexpected and shocking finale.
“ Frank Perry directed this totally engaging coming-of-age film and it's one of the best of his spotty career.
“ Not particularly pointed, but with intense passages .
“ It is all edited very well together, with an emphasis on close-ups to make it all the more intense.
“ I thought this was a surprisingly dark and compelling film.
“ This coming of age drama is about four friends living on an island who meet on the beach.
“ The summary is not meant to be a put down, just an apt description of Frank Perry's provocative, compelling and generally unsentimental coming-of-age film.
“ It was a fairly compelling and accurate portrayal of the late-60's counter-culture.
“ Very intriguing late 60's film by Frank Perry with a great performance by Catherine Burns (nominated and SHOULD have won Supporting Actress).
“ The screenplay is flippant and shallow with a 60's style beach blanket bingo veneer containing pointless cruelty and rape.
“ Totally Engaging...
“ There's no plot, no apparent theme, and little action.
“ At first this movie looks to be one of those now-unwatchable "youth culture" films of the late 1960s and early 1970s, with the pop music, mop haircuts on the boys, and other fads.
“If you like propaganda, laid on with a trowel, this picture is for you.
“The climax of "Last Summer" is truly powerful and disturbing as it clearly shows the banality of evil.
“ Some of the acting is passable, overcoming the cliché-ridden, preachily didactic script.
“ Eleanor Perry's astute, keenly observed script offers many painfully truthful moments as the gawky, confused main characters grapple with mortality (Rhoda's monologue about the untimely death of her mother is simply incredible), intense, unfulfilled sexual longings, sexual rivalry, and feelings of extreme callousness.
“ Otherwise, we're subjected to summer-time carefree leisure which to be perfectly honest is quite boring after a while.