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June 3, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

Opening in limited release, the British coming-of-age film Submarine is being hailed by some critics as the emergence of a talented new writer director, Richard Ayoade. Los Angeles Times critic Kenneth Turan calls him a “fresh and inventive cinematic voice” who has taken a familiar subject and “makes us feel like it’s never been told before.” The result, Turan concludes, is a film filled with such “cinematic verve that the biggest compliment you can pay it is to say that it must be experienced to be fully appreciated.” A.O. Scott in the New York Times has a similar reaction. “This is the kind of story,” he writes, “that we have already seen dozens of times. But Mr Ayoade’s keen visual wit and clever, knowing touches keep it surprising and nimble.” Kyle Smith in the New York Post is equally charmed by Submarine. “The excruciating and the hilarious mingle nearly to perfection in this marvelously visualized and deeply felt British film,” he writes. David Germain of the Associated Press says that the movie is “a joy to watch.” Ayoade, he writes, delivers “a film that’s fresh and funny but has some real bite.” Not so impressed, however, is Rex Reed of the New York Observer who regards the film as “sporadically amusing but ultimately inconsequential … a fitful homage to far superior and vastly more imaginative films about dysfunctional kids.”