Summerland

critic Reviews

, 77% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • In Summerland, the living is a little too easy to raise dramatic stakes -- but Gemma Arterton's performance adds some much-needed extra heat.
  • , Fresh Tomatometer Score
    John DoyleGlobe and Mail
    Made with great panache, this is a real gem of understated poignancy; about summers as lovely as they are fraught.
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    Paul ByrnesSydney Morning Herald
    Arterton towers in the role, not always in a good way. A stronger director might have reined her in, but Swale is not yet that experienced. When you add a large amount of treacle to the mix, the film becomes cloying and pushy.
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    David StrattonThe Australian
    The child actors - Bond and Dixie Egerickx who plays a schoolfriend - are the most convincing elements of this woefully unconvincing romantic drama.
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    Robbie CollinDaily Telegraph (UK)
    Summerland's lilting, soft-focus approach is part of its considerable appeal, but there is sharpness here too, where it counts.
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    Kimber MyersCrooked Marquee
    Despite its name (and July release date), Summerland is a film for cozy times, bundled up in a sweater with a honeyed mug of tea cupped in hands.
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    Clarisse LoughreyIndependent (UK)
    Summerland shows us how being robbed of self-expression - sexual or emotional - can feel like slow suffocation. But it's too afraid of uncertainty.
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    Witney SeiboldCritically Acclaimed Podcast
    Wispy, uptight, but sweet. The blissful romance between Arterton and Mbatha-Raw is so glowingly loving, I wish we had spent more time with them.
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    Sarah WardConcrete Playground
    It's often a straightforward affair, but it also demonstrates that a feature can be neat, obvious, heartfelt and rivetingly acted all at once.
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    Alex BentleyCultureMap
    Summerland is an auspicious debut for director Jessica Swale, one that shows her skills as both a storyteller and a filmmaker. It's a deeply personal film whose characters pop off the screen thanks to a great combination of writing and acting.
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    Nicole AckmanNext Best Picture
    It's the epitome of a comfort food period drama with characters that are easy to get attached to and beautiful views of the English coast.
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