Premature

critic Reviews

93% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score93%
  • Premature transcends its familiar trappings with sharp dialogue and a strong sense of setting that further establish Rashaad Ernesto Green as a gifted filmmaker.
  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Richard BrodyNew Yorker
    Rashaad Ernesto Green's poignant coming-of-age drama reflects his fruitful collaboration with Zora Howard, who wrote the script with him and also stars as Ayanna, a high-school senior in Harlem who is preparing to leave for college.
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    Christy LemireFilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
    It truly is an independent film in all the best possible ways: in the authenticity of it, the sense of place, in the fact that you feel like you're watching true people figuring out their lives.
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    Odie HendersonRogerEbert.com
    A romantic and richly drawn conversation-starter.
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    Justin ChangLos Angeles Times
    To watch Ayanna quietly think her way through each situation - whether she's taking pleasure in a new experience or weighing the consequences of a difficult decision - is to watch a person coming into being, not a moment too soon or late.
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    Peter DebrugeVariety
    "Premature" offers a ground-level alternative to more sensationalistic, adversity-themed African-American stories.
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    Johnny OleksinskiNew York Post
    "Premature" doesn't break much new ground. But it sure breaks hearts.
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    Andy CrumpPaste Magazine
    The visual beauty of Green and Valladao's craft, best demonstrated by a knack for finding soft splashes of color to warm up gelid moments or facilitate passion, positions Premature as a mournful ode to contemporary Black identity.
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    Avi OfferNYC Movie Guru
    A warm, tender and refreshingly un-Hollywood love story. Zora Howard gives a breakthrough performance
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    Jonita DavisThe Black Cape
    In 'Premature', Green weaves the city, the summer atmosphere, and the urgency of young love into a story that will remind you of your first love.
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    Karl DelossantosSmash Cut Reviews
    Premature begins with electricity. The only kind of electricity you can find on a crowded New York City subway in the summer - and it never goes away thanks to Zora Howard's star-making performance.
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