• R, 1 hr. 30 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Max Winkler
    In Theaters:
    Apr 8, 2011 Limited
    On DVD:
    Jun 21, 2011
  • Magnolia Pictures


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Ceremony Reviews

Chris Nashawaty
Entertainment Weekly
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Yes, it's been done before (and better). But Uma lends it a sly and sexy spark.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B

June 23, 2011
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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The contradictory elements stack up at the same time your interest in the characters dwindles.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald

May 11, 2011
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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The offbeat comedy is not entirely devoid of charm, but its derivativeness is almost embarrassing.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 2/4

April 21, 2011
Keith Phipps
AV Club
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Winkler directs with a borrowed sense of assurance.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: C-

April 14, 2011
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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Does Uma Thurman perpetually underestimate herself, or is Quentin Tarantino the only filmmaker who appreciates her?

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/5

April 8, 2011
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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Young Winkler needs to learn that simply instructing characters to smirk and look ironic is not enough; you actually have to come up with funny things for them to say.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 1/4

April 8, 2011
Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
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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 Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3/5

April 7, 2011
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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Throughout the movie, Ms. Thurman's facial expressions suggest a peevish spoiled child about to stomp her feet and throw a full-scale tantrum.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 1.5/5

April 7, 2011
Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
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Ceremony is a callow movie: Winkler exhibits no comprehension of the class anxieties he addresses, and extends precocity into adulthood. That callowness is Ceremony's subject scarcely makes it funnier.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

April 6, 2011
John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
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Sporadically funny though less effective at selling its melancholy undercurrents.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

March 14, 2011
Joe Leydon
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Despite a few grace notes and mildly clever twists, this handsomely produced indie is such a grating turnoff throughout its first third that its minor virtues may be discovered only by insomniac latenight cable viewers.

Full Review Source: Variety

September 21, 2010
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