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Ceremony Reviews

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Chase Whale
Gordon and the Whale
August 28, 2013
Winkler is a titan at balancing comedy and drama. And Angarano is hilarious as our as our lead, channelling a young Vince Vaughn: the out of place winks, the full confidence in situations he has no way of gaining.
January 23, 2012
Zoe's heartfelt declaration 'I can't be your mermaid,' succinctly sums up the entire situation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
July 8, 2011
More interested in melancholy wryness than belly laughs, and the low-key results have a pleasant fizz. [Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Chris Nashawaty
Entertainment Weekly
June 23, 2011
Yes, it's been done before (and better). But Uma lends it a sly and sexy spark.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Brent Simon
Shockya.com
May 21, 2011
Well acted, with plenty of color around its edges, Ceremony too often dawdles and dissembles when it should be digging deeper. Still, the performances make it connect, even though Winkler seems to have an aversion to catharsis.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Mark Deming
TV Guide's Movie Guide
April 20, 2011
While Ceremony may not look or feel terribly original, Winkler has clearly learned a lot from his study of [Wes] Anderson's oeuvre, and he's made a comedy that's intelligent, stylish, and effective even when it's emulating someone else's work.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Todd Gilchrist
Boxoffice Magazine
April 14, 2011
Ceremony isn't spectacularly original, but it's a proficient breakthrough that manages to make its familiarity charming.
Tim Grierson
Screen International
April 8, 2011
Although unquestionably indebted to its influences, writer-director Max Winkler's feature comedy debut has more than enough heart to overcome its familiar ingredients.
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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
April 7, 2011
If the scenario is unconvincing, debuting writer-director Max Winkler has a feel for the dynamics of this kind of ritualized yet informal social gathering, and his affection for his characters is clear.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Noh
Film Journal International
April 7, 2011
Very likeable romantic piffle, sparked by an adorably overwrought performance by Michael Angarano.
Stephen Saito
IFC.com
April 7, 2011
[Winkler] spins it fast and keeps it on track, delivering a pleasant diversion that's refreshingly free of cynicism, full of vibrancy and ultimately, a curiosity about what he will do next.
Edward Douglas
ComingSoon.net
April 6, 2011
Making comparisons to the work of Wes Anderson is a little too obvious, but Winkler definitely has a talent for creating strong believable characters and dialogue.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Drew McWeeny
HitFix
April 5, 2011
"Ceremony" seems to me to be the work of a filmmaker I look forward to seeing more from, someone with something to say.
Katey Rich
CinemaBlend.com
September 18, 2010
A great pleasure to watch, and a terrific first feature from Winkler.
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
February 2, 2012
This marriage for profit story featuring a delusional wedding crasher is neither romantic nor funny.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 15, 2011
It's only funny because its putrid dialogue is so unfunny that it drags flies.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
June 20, 2011
Doesn't offer anything worth the time invested, issuing derivative characters and tuneless situations of longing coated with an ineffective layer of crooked whimsy that often acts like salt in the wound.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
May 11, 2011
The contradictory elements stack up at the same time your interest in the characters dwindles.
Rossiter Drake
San Francisco Examiner
April 22, 2011
[Angarano] and Thurman have scenes of such honesty and raw emotional energy that it's almost possible to forgive "Ceremony" its sometimes sluggish pacing and its peevish protagonist. Almost, but not quite.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 21, 2011
The offbeat comedy is not entirely devoid of charm, but its derivativeness is almost embarrassing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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