• PG, 1 hr. 35 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:    Donald Rice
  • In Theaters:    Dec 7, 2012 Limited
  • On DVD:    Mar 25, 2013
  • IFC Films

Cheerful Weather For The Wedding Reviews

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Cory Everett
The Playlist
July 10, 2013

The film may help Downton Abbey fanatics looking to kill a little time in that era but holds little cinematic appeal for the rest of us.

Full Review | Original Score: C-
David 'Mad Dog' Bradley
Rip It Up
April 29, 2013

..this costume drama set in the lull between World Wars is drawn from Julia Strachey's 1932 novella (apparently much-loved by Virginia Woolf) and proves to be almost impossibly English.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Simon Weaving
Screenwize
April 23, 2013

With the critical narrative information delayed until the film's final moments, it's a waiting game for the audience, not unpleasurably spent watching the gorgeous costumes and eccentric behaviour of the family and friends of an anxious bride.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
CJ Johnson
ABC Radio (Australia)
April 20, 2013

If you're seriously white-knuckling for a dose of English Period Countryside Romanticism while waiting for Downton's next season to roll, Cheerful Weather for the Wedding will be like methadone: it's not going to satisfy you, but it may relieve your itch.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Anna Smith
Time Out
Top Critic
January 8, 2013

The film builds up to something that never comes.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2013

Period drama has simmering conflict, lacks resolution.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Simon Kinnear
Total Film
December 17, 2012

There's more to period drama than nice frocks and acerbic asides.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Christine N. Ziemba
Paste Magazine
December 14, 2012

A languid film that fizzles from the start.

Full Review | Original Score: 5.5/10
Brent Simon
Shockya.com
December 14, 2012

A very mannered but deadly dull period piece drama of partially upended, stuffy social customs, and a ruinous vehicle for the incandescence of Felicity Jones.

Full Review | Original Score: D
Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic
December 14, 2012

Rice does a fine job of juggling so many characters and moving smoothly among flashbacks without losing sight of the main story.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
Top Critic
December 13, 2012

What it doesn't have is drama or wisdom or comedy or heat, something to temper the banalities.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
William Bibbiani
CraveOnline
December 7, 2012

Something happened, you see, and someone or other felt something about it. Why that should matter, why we should care, is lost in a string of bons mots, sidelong glances and frocks.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
Top Critic
December 6, 2012

Not to say it isn't an enjoyable diversion. Just that it's also a superficial one.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Stephen Holden
New York Times
Top Critic
December 6, 2012

The glossy appearance and trappings may evoke standard Anglophile nostalgia, but below the veneer is a cynical portrait of bored, shallow Britons halfheartedly going through the motions of a celebration.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Ian Buckwalter
NPR
Top Critic
December 6, 2012

The dominance of the madcap side of the film's split personality lays an airy veneer over Dolly and Joseph's woes, making them seem inconsequential - as unsubstantial as an observation about wedding-day weather.

Full Review | Original Score: 5.5/10
Tomas Hachard
Slant Magazine
December 6, 2012

The Donald Rice film suffers most from an excessively blunt approach.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
David Noh
Film Journal International
December 6, 2012

Strictly recommended for the besotted Anglophile set who revel in watching endless versions of the privileged set enjoying their privileges.

Brian Orndorf
Blu-ray.com
December 6, 2012

Entertains intermittently with its stiff-upper-lip community interplay, only truly taking command when it focuses on unspoken desires and stymied confessions.

Full Review | Original Score: B-
Sam Adams
AV Club
Top Critic
December 6, 2012

Without a source as rich as Jane Austen to draw on, Cheerful Weather feels incomplete, caroming off previous stories without forging its own way.

Full Review | Original Score: B-
Kirk Honeycutt
honeycuttshollywood.com
December 5, 2012

A welcome addition to the wedding comedy sub genre, light on its feet and brimming with vivid character portraits.

Full Review | Original Score: 6
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