Potato Dreams of America

critic Reviews

, 87% Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • Although it's undermined by uneven execution and a subpar script, Potato Dreams of America puts a singular spin on the crowded coming-of-age genre.
  • , Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Soren AndersenSeattle Times
    Two very strong performances anchor “Potato Dreams of America,” Seattle-based filmmaker Wes Hurley’s thought-provoking dramatization of his childhood in his native Russia and, later, as a teen in Seattle.
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    Randy MyersSan Jose Mercury News
    It’s entertaining, and even sexy at times in ways that are distinctive and inventive.
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  • , Rotten Tomatometer Score
    Gary GoldsteinLos Angeles Times
    The film, sweet as it is, fails to strike a manageable or engaging enough tone as it treads some overly familiar territory...
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  • , Fresh Tomatometer Score
    James ScottAustin Chronicle
    The dream in Potato Dreams of America remains more fantastical, dramatic, than rooted in reality. Such fantasy is part of what makes the film such a good watch, as well as an emotional one.
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    Abby OlceseRogerEbert.com
    The story behind the film is engaging and worthy, but in overall execution, it feels uneven.
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    Guy LodgeVariety
    The very existence of Potato Dreams of America is its own happy ending: It's a calling card, at least, that prompts curiosity over what stories, or whose stories, Hurley will tell next.
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    Carey-Ann PawseyOrca Sound
    After getting great reviews after its world premiere at SXSW in 2021, Potato Dreams of America continues to make people laugh.
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    Jason DelgadoFilm Threat
    Although uneven, it’s exciting to see a fresh, new voice like writer/director Wes Hurley.
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    Roger MooreMovie Nation
    A giddy gay fantasia on Russians leaving for the Promised Land, a romp bubbling with wit, wry commentary and visual DIY visual invention. Thats how it begins, anyway.
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  • , Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Norman GidneyHorrorBuzz
    There is something so remarkably endearing in the film, the performances, and its overall execution that simply screams an infectious heartfelt optimism.
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