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"A WORK OF THE UTMOST SUBTLETY AND PERCEPTION!
The outstanding feature debut of writer-director
Eric Byler, who understands the power of the implicit
and the virtues of simplicity and economy. ...Every image is
charged with wit, significance and emotion. Would that all
love stories were as sophisticated and amusing as
the satisfying "Charlotte Sometimes.
"

--Kevin Thomas, THE LOS ANGELES TIMES Read More >>>>


"...UNCANNILY REALISTIC, MYSTERIOUS and EROTIC!
This is a relationship picture that plays like
an emotional thriller."

--Roger Ebert, THE CHICAGO SUN-TIMES Read More >>>>


"...A TINY FILM THAT REFLECTS A LARGE TALENT!
Like Eric Rohmer, Mr.Byler keeps his camera at a discreet
distance from his actors, declining the easy emotional
emphasis of close-ups in favor of the complex
interaction of two actors sharing the same frame..."

--Dave Kehr, THE NEW YORK TIMES Read More >>>>


"...GORGEOUS!...A smartly made, hedonistic
spectacle of alluring, nubile characters, sun-warmed narcissism
and breathtaking color that approaches the exoticism
of Vietnamese filmmaker Anh Hung Tran
("The Scent of Green Papaya" and "Cyclo")."

--Desson Home, THE WASHINGTON POST Read More >>>>

"...NOTABLY CINEMATIC STORYTELLING!
The deft shading Byler elicits from his thesps is of a piece with his dramatics and his understated, artful approach
to compositions and movement.."

--Robert Koehler, VARIETY Read More >>>>


" THE SEX LIES AND VIDEOTAPE FOR A NEW GENERATION!
Simple, deliberate, and insightful, Eric Byler’s Charlotte Sometimes
is one of the best films I have seen this year."

--Jonathan Hickman, ENTERTAINMENT INSIDERS Read More >>>>


" A SEXY, SURPRISING ROMANCE!
Idemoto and Kim make a gorgeous pair... their scenes brim with
sexual possibility and emotional danger."

--Carla Meyer, SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE Read More >>>>


" MICHAEL IDEMOTO BRINGS A WINNNIG COMPLEXITY

to the role of Michael, a handsome, introverted Japanese-American mechanic with a deep voice and a penchant for reading Camus. ...A hushed work of restrained emotions, elliptical storytelling and spare dialogue, peopled with smart, authentic characters who have drawn you into their lives before you know it."

--Megan Lehmann, THE NEW YORK POST Read More >>>>

" A WONDERFUL MOVIE!
Visually stylish without ever resorting to film-school trickery.
Reminiscent of Robert Altman’s "3 Women"
in its ever-fascinating obliqueness"

----Peter Sobczynski, CRITIC DOCTOR Read More >>>>

"...Writer-director Eric Byler demonstrates a refreshing trust in his material and his audience, crafting a compact, intriguing drama from understated performances and a subtle visual sensibility."-

--Sheri Linden, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER Read More >>>>

"Byler is too savvy a filmmaker to let this morph into a typical romantic triangle. Instead, he focuses on the anguish that can develop when one mulls leaving the familiar to traverse uncharted ground."

--John Petrakis, CHICAGO TRIBUNE Read More >>>>

 

" JACQUELINE KIM IS SENSATIONAL, A TERRIFIC FIND.
...Byler creates an atmosphere so inviting that you feel
like searching the frame for every last detail.
...This is the kind of movie critics get pushy about. GO SEE IT! "

----Mike D'Angelo, TIME OUT NEW YORK Read More >>>> -


"A very accomplished and extremely engaging movie.
...The story unwinds naturally, guided by human clumsiness, as if following the non-logic of a long conversation."
--Jeffrey M. Anderson,THE SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER
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"Fittingly probing, sensual, mysterious and raw. Byler’s exposition is vastly taut, revealing, and firmly perceptive. Charlotte Sometimes radiates with invigorating absorption"

--Frank Ochieng, MOVIE EYE Read More >>>>

Nathan Rabin of THE ONION
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POP MATTERS' Oliver Wang
Insightful review with an Asian American spin.
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Four star reviews from Steven Snyder and David Johnson
of Zertinet Movies
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FILM THREAT
Eric Campos reviews "charlotte sometimes"
Posted: Friday, May 9, 2003
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The Hong Kong Academy Awards are out, and Eugenia Yuan ("Lori")
was nominated for Best Supporting Actress and for Best Newcomer
for her performance in Peter Chan's "Going Home" in the film THREE.
(Yuan later won the Award for Best Newcomer.)
http://www.screendaily.com/story.asp?storyid=11309

Todd Inoue of THE SAN JOSE METRO
on "charlotte sometimes" and "BLT"
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"His Dream, Onscreen"
By Richard Chang, THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
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THE HONOLULU STAR BULLETIN
Gary Chun writes on Eric Byler, Asian American film movement,
the influence of growing up in Hawai'i
Posted: July 11, 2003
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THE HONOLULU ADVERTISER Wayne Harada writes on "charlotte,"
Eric Byler's Hawai'i Upbringing, Ebert, the "Cinderella Story"
Posted: July 10, 2003
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GOTHAMIST covers "charlotte sometimes" NYC premiere
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The Smartest Summer Movie Isn't a Secret Anymore:
Posted: Thurs., Jun. 5, 2003
By Jason Nuckolls, Socal.com
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'Sometimes' a great notion
Posted: Jun 25, 2003
By Jevon Phillips, Variety.com
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ORANGE COUNTY WEEKLY's Greg Stacy accuses
Roger Ebert, Kevin Thomas and Jeffrey M. Anderson of
"affirmative action" film criticism
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L.A. WEEKLY
Hazel-Dawn Dumpert
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"CHARLOTTE SOMETIMES"
MAKES ENTERTAINMENT INSIDERS' Top 10 List

 

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NAATA's Justin Lowe reviews "Charlotte Sometimes"
http://www.naatanet.org/

 

Keith Kamisugi of "Two Japanese Bruddahs" features "Charlotte Sometimes":
Posted: Sunday, May 11, 2003
http://www.twojapaneebruddahs.com

 

Ain't It Cool News' Palpatine reviews "Charlotte Sometimes"
http://www.aintitcool.com/display.cgi?id=11778

 

AsianWeek's Justin Lowe features "charlotte sometimes"
Posted: Friday, May 9, 2003
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Malinda Gacula of The Golden Gate features "charlotte sometimes" and Eric Byler:
Posted: Monday, May 19, 2003
http://xpress.sfsu.edu/storys01.php?storyid=6794

 

Todd Harbour reviews "Charlotte Sometimes" at SxSW:
http://www.kamera.co.uk/features/sxswff_2002.html

 

AsianWeek: “Charlotte Sometimes: One APA Film’s Journey”
by Philip W. Chung
http://www.asianweek.com/2003_01_03/arts_reelstories.html

AsianWeek: “Charlotte Sometimes: Take Two”
by Philip W. Chung
http://www.asianweek.com/2003_01_17/arts_reel.html

AsianWeek: “Look Out! Films to see in 2003” by Justin Lowe
http://www.asianweek.com/2003_01_10/arts_lookout.html

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