Groundhog Day (1993) - Rotten Tomatoes

Groundhog Day (1993)



Critic Consensus: Smart, sweet, and inventive, Groundhog Day highlights Murray's dramatic gifts while still leaving plenty of room for laughs.

Movie Info

Bill Murray plays Phil, a TV weatherman working for a local station in Pennsylvania but convinced that national news stardom is in his grasp. Phil displays a charm and wit on camera that evaporates the moment the red light goes off; he is bitter, appallingly self-centered, and treats his co-workers with contempt, especially his producer Rita (Andie MacDowell) and cameraman Larry (Chris Elliot). On February 2, 1992, Phil, Rita, and Larry are sent on an assignment that Phil especially loathes: the annual Groundhog Day festivities in Punxsutawney, PA, where the citizens await the appearance of Punxsutawney Phil, the groundhog who will supposedly determine the length of winter by his ability to see his own shadow. Phil is eager to beat a hasty retreat, but when a freak snowstorm strands him in Punxsutawney, he wakes up the next morning with the strangest sense of déjà vu: he seems to be living the same day over again. The next morning it happens again, and then again. Soon, no matter what he does, he's stuck in February 2, 1992; not imprisonment nor attempted suicide nor kidnapping the groundhog gets him out of the loop. But the more Phil relives the same day, the more he's forced to look at other people's lives, and something unusual happens: he begins to care about others. He starts to respect people, he tries to save the life of a homeless man, and he discovers that he's falling in love with Rita and therefore wants to be someone that she could love in return. ~ Mark Deming, Rovimore
Rating: PG (for some thematic elements)
Genre: Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy, Special Interest
Directed By:
Written By: Danny Rubin, Harold Ramis
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 29, 2002
Columbia Pictures


Bill Murray
as Phil Connors
Andie MacDowell
as Rita Hanson
Stephen Tobolowsky
as Ned Ryerson
Brian Doyle-Murray
as Buster Greene
Angela Paton
as Mrs. Lancaster
Robin Duke
as Doris the Waitress
Carol Bivins
as Anchorwoman
Willie Garson
as Kenny, Phil's Assis...
Ken Hudson Campbell
as Man in Hallway
Les Podewell
as Old Man
Red Sell
as Groundhog Official
Tom Milanovich
as State Trooper
Rob Riley
as DJ Voice
Peggy Roeder
as Piano Teacher
Rod Sell
as Groundhog Official
Harold Ramis
as Neurologist
Rom Milanovich
as State Trooper
David Pasquesi
as Psychiatrist
Chet Dubowski
as Felix, Bank Guard
Doc Erickson
as Herman, Bank Guard
Sandy Maschmeyer
as Phil's Movie Date
Leighanne O'Neil
as Fan on Street
Evangeline Binkley
as `Jeopardy!' Viewer
Samuel Mages
as `Jeopardy!' Viewer
Ben Zwick
as `Jeopardy!' Viewer
Martha Webster
as Waitress Alice
Angela Gollan
as Piano Student
Shaun Chaiyabhat
as Boy in Tree
Dianne B. Shaw
as E.R. Nurse
Barbara Ann Grimes
as Flat Tire Lady
Ann Heekin
as Flat Tire Lady
Lucina Paquet
as Flat Tire Lady
Brenda Pickleman
as Buster's Wife
Amy Murdoch
as Buster's Daughter
Eric Saiet
as Buster's Son
Lindsay Reinsch
as Woman with Cigarette
Roger Adler
as Guitar Player
Ben A. Fish
as Bass Player
Don Rio McNichols
as Drum Player
Brian Willig
as Saxophone Player
Terry Fryer
as Piano Hand Double
Rob Riley
as DJ Voice
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Critic Reviews for Groundhog Day

All Critics (71) | Top Critics (17)

While Murray's deadpan putdowns and dry dismissals of provincial peccadilloes are the comic highlights, Groundhog Day is no supercilious rip of small-town U.S.A.

Full Review… | February 2, 2015
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

Groundhog Day may not be the funniest collaboration between Bill Murray and director Harold Ramis... Yet this gentle, small-scale effort is easily the most endearing film of both men's careers, a sweet and amusing surprise package.

Full Review… | May 6, 2013
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Murray hasn't made a comedy this winningly dumb and smart and -- yes -- sweet in a long time. If, indeed, he ever has.

Full Review… | May 6, 2013
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

A movie that continually replays a single day could quickly become tedious but, strangely enough, Groundhog Day never does.

Full Review… | May 6, 2013
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

Murray's wiseacre persona is perfect for what could be saccharine material in other hands.

Full Review… | May 6, 2013
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Even if you applaud Bill Murray's evolution from inspired comedian to minimalist seriocomic actor, it's a relief to revisit his most varied and charming role as Phil Connors.

Full Review… | May 6, 2013
New Yorker
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Groundhog Day

It is so easy to fall in love with such a sweet, delightful and hilarious comedy that has so many classic moments, but what is most fascinating about it is how the incredibly creative plot always finds a way to reinvent itself while exploring the many possibilities of its premise.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Bill Murray delivers comic perfection, but it's the tightrope between pathos and existentialism that the screenplay manages to walk that is most engaging about this classic.

Kase Vollebregt
Kase Vollebregt

Super Reviewer


I've finally seen it. The incredible amount of references I've heard to this movie for decades after its release testify to its delightful originality and earn it obvious classic status.

Letitia Lew
Letitia Lew

Super Reviewer

Groundhog Day Quotes

Phil Connors: I'm not going to live by their rules anymore.
– Submitted by Mae M (11 months ago)
Phil Connors: When Chekhov saw the long winter, he saw a winter bleak and dark and bereft of hope. Yet we know that winter is just another step in the cycle of life. But standing here among the people of Punxsutawney and basking in the warmth of their hearths and hearts, I couldn't imagine a better fate than a long and lustrous winter.
– Submitted by Stan D (2 years ago)
Phil Connors: Hi, three cheeseburgers, two large fries, two milkshakes, and one large coke.
Ralph: And some flapjacks.
Phil Connors: Too early for flapjacks?
– Submitted by Joe N (2 years ago)
Phil Connors: It's the same thing every day, Clean up your room, stand up straight, pick up your feet, take it like a man, be nice to your sister, don't mix beer and wine ever, Oh yeah, don't drive on the railroad tracks.
– Submitted by Joe N (2 years ago)

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