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Based on 37 Reviews
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  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Ayoade, the British comic making a remarkable feature debut with his adaptation of Joe Dunthorne's 2008 novel, blends mirth and malice with deadpan brilliance. show more

  • 75
    Amy Biancolli San Francisco Chronicle

    Ayoade is well known to British viewers for his role as a coddled nerd in the sitcom "The IT Crowd," so it's fair to expect laughs from his directorial debut feature. But much depends on your mind-set; U.S. audiences could have trouble with the movie's less-than-sunny worldview. show more

  • 100
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Wonderfully funny and subversively affecting. show more

  • 75
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    The film's humor comes in part from the gap between what Oliver says and what the audience sees. show more

  • 80
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    A charming indie that combines dreamy aspiration with mucky, hilarious reality. show more

  • 70
    John DeFore The Hollywood Reporter

    Writer-director Richard Ayoade's feature debut is witty and quirky, with a gripping performance by Paddy Considine. show more

  • 70
    Michelle Orange Movieline

    Divided into three chapters in a largely unsuccessful attempt at structure, the voice and the style don't combine as explosively as they should to pick up the material's slack. show more

  • 100
    Jennie Punter The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    One of the most irresistible films of the year so far. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Submarine isn't an insipid teen sex comedy. It flaunts some stylistic devices, such as titles and sections and self-aware narration, but it doesn't try too hard to be desperately clever. show more

  • 88
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    Isn't merely joke-funny. It's texture-funny. show more

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