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Based on 21 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
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  • 75
    San Francisco Chronicle

    This is the kind of small filmmaking that leaves a big impression. show more

  • 70
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Ms. Shortland has announced her presence as a new filmmaker to be taken seriously, while her star, Abbie Cornish, gives a performance that starts impressively, and gets even better as it goes along. show more

  • 75
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    Shortland's script takes some unnecessary turns, mostly with Joe's drinking and sexual insecurities. But as long as it's focused on Heidi's predicament, it is riveting drama. show more

  • 80
    The Hollywood Reporter

    With Somersault, filmmaker Cate Shortland has expertly served up a vivid and touching tale, one told many times before, but in this well-realized mounting, one that sparkles with fresh awareness. show more

  • 100
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    Cornish's raw, nuanced performance and Shortland's sympathetic but unsentimental portrayal of Heidi's fumbling steps toward maturity are underscored by Sydney-based band Decoder Ring's catchy, angst-ridden score. show more

  • 88
    V.A. Musetto New York Post

    Showcases a brilliantly realistic performance by Abbie Cornish as Heidi. She's a provocative mix of naivete and ripe, unbridled sexuality. show more

  • 75
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    Erotic, poetic and light on its feet. It's a portrayal of a runaway teenager's sexual initiation, and though it comes close to being exploitive, it keeps dancing away. show more

  • 75
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    The movie has more style than depth and it's sometimes in danger of confusing the two. show more

  • 50

    Director Shortland frames the story against the apt grey, off-season ski town, but her attempt to match it with deliberate pacing just makes the film feel chilly and too long, just like Heidi's depressing routine. show more

  • 67
    Kimberley Jones Austin Chronicle

    Cornish, in her first film seen stateside, is astonishing. show more

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