Premature

critic Reviews

94% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score94%
  • 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
    tt stern-enziWXIX-TV (Cincinnati, OH)
    It gives off a good summer vibe...[it] develops quite a summer romance...this is what indie films are here to do for us...a marvelous film.
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    Ann HornadayWashington Post
    "Premature" is a delicious slow-burn of a movie, the kind of coming-of-age tale that looks familiar on the surface only to reveal hidden depths of beauty and meaning.
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    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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    Candice FrederickElle
    Premature is the kind of confident, remarkably vulnerable drama to which even veteran storytellers aspire.
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    Bry'onna MentionBust Magazine
    Premature is an extremely vulnerable portrait of a Black teen girl in love... It's also a necessary reality check for those who may have forgotten what real teen love looks like.
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    Morgan RojasCinemacy
    Sure there are plenty of films about self-discovery and teenage love, but Premature is different- it's a thoughtful work that cuts right to the heart.
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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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