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  • 60
    Boyd van Hoeij The Hollywood Reporter

    The rock-solid bond between the film’s two drifting 17-year-olds... is the film’s undeniable highlight but the true depth of their friendship crystallizes quite late and is too often obscured by a subplot involving minor characters caught up in a cross-border drug running operation. show more

  • 63
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    While the climax of Beneath the Harvest Sky is a jumble of crosscutting, thunderstorms, and an inconveniently collapsing house, the movie never loses the pulse of people and tragedies it knows too well. show more

  • 63
    Nick Prigge Slant Magazine

    It flourishes in the spaces between the plot's necessary setups and subsequent payoffs, which is nearly enough to redeem the film if not for the narrative going belly up in the third act. show more

  • 50
    Farran Smith Nehme New York Post

    Directors Aron Gaudet and Gita Pullapilly overload their too-long film with subplots. Yet the actors — including a terrific Aiden Gillen (“Game of Thrones”) as Casper’s no-good father — perform as though unaware that any of this is a cliché. show more

  • 50
    Mike D'Angelo The Dissolve

    Cohen and McAuliffe fail to distinguish their characters from the umpteen previous iterations of “sensible guy and his hotheaded best friend,” and the film winds up less interested in their relationship than in the compelling details of the smuggling operation, with which they’re only tangentially associated. show more

  • 75
    Keith Staskiewicz Entertainment Weekly

    The film’s first half feels almost as directionless as its characters, but the detailed specificity of the milieu and story proves engrossing. show more

  • 75
    Nikola Grozdanovic The Playlist

    On both technical and thematic levels, the filmmakers have succeeded in using the tools of cinema to carve out an authentic look at troubled youth, and the choices we have to make in order to steer away from the wrong path. show more

  • 90
    Peter Debruge Variety

    Beneath the Harvest Sky offers a heartbreakingly authentic, vividly realized account of adolescent frustration and yearning. show more

  • 70
    Zachary Wigon Village Voice

    Gaudet and Pullapilly have a background in documentaries, and there's a convincing naturalism to their storytelling. show more

  • 60
    Stephen Holden The New York Times

    Beneath the Harvest Sky reaches a dramatic climax that is so rushed and confusing, you are left scratching your head. But for all its missteps, the film feels authentic. Through thick and thin, it stubbornly maintains a thorny integrity. show more

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