"...a little gem... Celebrities have their place at film festivals. Yet the real excitement is the unexpected revelation -- the talent that comes up from nowhere and grabs audiences by the lapels. That's the case with North Beach... If [this isn't] enough to get it distribution, there's something wrong with the people writing the checks."

--Mick LaSalle
THE SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE



"A highly entertaining comedy... (Actor) Casey Peterson, who also wrote and produced the film, provides just the right combination of multidimensional characters, witty dialogue, and insanity to make North Beach work, and North Beach does work... Co-directors Jed Mortenson and Richard Speight Jr. are proficient in their craft despite this being their first time in the chair, and the cast works together like a well-oiled machine."

4 1/2 Out of 5 Stars

--James Brundage
FILMCRITIC .COM



"There's some bright dialogue, agreeable casting and an overall lightness of touch on tap in North Beach, the polished first feature collaboration for co-helmers Jed Mortenson, Richard Speight, Jr., and scenarist-star Casey Peterson. The helmers reveal a precocious confidence in the film's sprightly editorial rhythms..."

--Dennis Harvey
DAILY VARIETY



"Energetic, naughty, and very funny... Jed Mortenson and Richard Speight Jr., who appears as rocker friend, co-directed this indie gem with insight and affection."

"As close to the definitive San Francisco film as Hitchcock's Vertigo."

--Glenn Lovell
THE SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS