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It's the autumn of 1985. In intertwining tales by James Franco, three 5th grade friends, Chris, Joe and Ted, unfold in the suburban paradise of Palo Alto. Chris drives up to Yosemite for the weekend with his dad (James Franco) and discovers a corpse in the woods. Joe, left to his own devices by his babysitter, befriends a lonely drifter who shares his love of comic books. Meanwhile, a mountain lion is spotted in Palo Alto in broad daylight and Ted searches for his cat, who has gone missing Based on the short stories "Yosemite" and "Peter Parker" from James Franco's collection A California Childhood.


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  • Although evocative and nicely observed, the coming-of-age drama "Yosemite" ultimately proves too low-key and elliptical to make much of an impression. "Stand by Me" it ain't.

    Jan 21, 2016 | Full Review…
  • The movie succeeds on its own quiet terms, binding the three parts together with assurance and tonal consistency to cast a lingering spell.

    Jan 7, 2016 | Full Review…
  • Franco gives one of his most subtle performances yet as a recovering-alcoholic father, and the three young newcomers' performances are honest and affecting.

    Jan 7, 2016 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • A sobering, evocative drama.

    Jan 7, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • The material aspires to powerful terseness, but its seemingly conscientious refusal to ramp up too much drama ultimately renders it thinly anecdotal.

    Dec 31, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Yosemite mines Franco's fiction for its most vital quality: his unsentimental depiction of youthful insecurity, this time among fifth-graders.

    Dec 29, 2015 | Full Review…

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