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Recensieoverzicht: Mid90s ‘loving reconstruction years of ninety’

Jonah Hill was known as an actor in comedy’s like Superbad and 21 Jump Street, but is now to be the first in the director’s chair crawled. That he did it with verve, say critics about his directorial debut Mid90s.
Fidelity – 4 stars

“The thirteen year old Stevie (the enchanting Sunny Suljic) grows up in a family with an absent mother and an aggressive older brother. On the street, he finds a connection with older boys with their skateboards, stunts, hang out, blow and a lot of slap ouwehoeren.”

“It is a street culture that Hill knows well from his youth in Los Angeles, and with a lot of love reconstructs. Shot on the at that time common in 16mm film (note the little spots that the image of whirl) follows Mid90s the jerky growing up from a kid in Beavis & Butthead-shirt that might be too early to come into contact with drugs, alcohol, sex and violence, but at the same time moves in an enviable subculture of camaraderie, hostility, and freedom.”

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the Volkskrant 4 stars

“Hill situates his coming-of-age portrait so strongly in the nineties that his imagination of the time, the development of Stevie in the beginning of the film seems to surpass that. Look, a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles-quilt, a Street Fighter shirt, a cassettebandjesrek! It leads a lot and tends to be positive about with nostalgia, though it is given the title no doubt intended.”

“But it went, gradually fall time, and characters together better and sound hiphopklassiekers as Liquid Swords by GZA (during yet another exciting encounter with all sorts of tough types) as a direct musical continuation of Stevies world.”

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NRC – 3 stars

“Hill has a sense of style, with both a mobile camera, à la Scorsese, as a relatively long takes from a fixed position. Also are assembling, with a strong scene that is mounted on the music. However, the characters flat, what Hill tries to compensate with a lot of atmospheric scenes.”

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