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

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Cheerful Weather For The Wedding Reviews

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Cory Everett
The Playlist

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 Source: The Playlist | Original Score: C-

July 10, 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 Source: Rip It Up | Original Score: 2.5/5

April 29, 2013
Simon Weaving
Screenwize

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 Source: Screenwize | Original Score: 3/5

April 23, 2013
CJ Johnson
ABC Radio (Australia)

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 Source: ABC Radio (Australia) | Original Score: 2/5

April 20, 2013
Anna Smith
Time Out
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The film builds up to something that never comes.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 2/5

January 8, 2013
S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media

Period drama has simmering conflict, lacks resolution.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 2/5

January 2, 2013
Simon Kinnear
Total Film

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

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 2/5

December 17, 2012
Christine N. Ziemba
Paste Magazine

A languid film that fizzles from the start.

Full Review Source: Paste Magazine | Original Score: 5.5/10

December 14, 2012
Brent Simon
Shockya.com

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 Source: Shockya.com | Original Score: D

December 14, 2012
Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
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Rice does a fine job of juggling so many characters and moving smoothly among flashbacks without losing sight of the main story.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3/5

December 14, 2012
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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What it doesn't have is drama or wisdom or comedy or heat, something to temper the banalities.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2/4

December 13, 2012
William Bibbiani
CraveOnline

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 Source: CraveOnline | Original Score: 4/10

December 7, 2012
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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Not to say it isn't an enjoyable diversion. Just that it's also a superficial one.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/5

December 6, 2012
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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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 Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2/5

December 6, 2012
Ian Buckwalter
NPR
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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 Source: NPR | Original Score: 5.5/10

December 6, 2012
Tomas Hachard
Slant Magazine

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

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 1/4

December 6, 2012
David Noh
Film Journal International

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

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

December 6, 2012
Brian Orndorf
Blu-ray.com

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

Full Review Source: Blu-ray.com | Original Score: B-

December 6, 2012
Sam Adams
AV Club

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 Source: AV Club | Original Score: B-

December 6, 2012
Kirk Honeycutt
honeycuttshollywood.com

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

Full Review Source: honeycuttshollywood.com | Original Score: 6

December 5, 2012
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