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Groundhog Day (1993)

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97

Average Rating: 8/10
Reviews Counted: 67
Fresh: 65 | Rotten: 2

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

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Average Rating: 7.8/10
Critic Reviews: 16
Fresh: 16 | Rotten: 0

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

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Average Rating: 3.4/5
User Ratings: 411,362

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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

Jan 29, 2002

Columbia Pictures

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All Critics (67) | Top Critics (16) | Fresh (65) | Rotten (2) | DVD (35)

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.

May 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Murray hasn't made a comedy this winningly dumb and smart and -- yes -- sweet in a long time. If, indeed, he ever has.

May 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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A movie that continually replays a single day could quickly become tedious but, strangely enough, Groundhog Day never does.

May 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
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Murray's wiseacre persona is perfect for what could be saccharine material in other hands.

May 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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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.

May 6, 2013 Full Review Source: New Yorker
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Bill Murray is the one veteran of the Saturday Night Live/SCTV axis who still knows how to enter into a giddy conspiracy with his audience.

September 7, 2011 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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Precise and smart and fussed over without feeling fussy.

June 12, 2014 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

The legacy film of director Harold Ramis.

March 1, 2014 Full Review Source: LarsenOnFilm
LarsenOnFilm

Director Harold Ramis uses every cinematic trick in the book to keep what is essentially a one-gag movie brimming with life and fresh ideas.

February 3, 2014 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

Groundhog Day is surprisingly inventive.

February 3, 2014 Full Review Source: People Magazine
People Magazine

MacDowell was never more convincing and Chris Elliott is a dry delight as her lens-man. Murray and movie, meanwhile, are a mutual godsend: Groundhog Day rescued his career from calcifying in self-caricature.

May 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell have a ball with the main roles.

May 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor

Groundhog Day is a good vehicle for Murray, tailored to his deadpan style, and should please fans disappointed by some the comedian's recent movies.

May 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News
Philadelphia Daily News

The movie is expertly calculated to derive maximum comic energy from Bill Murray's great, deadpan mug and his drop-dead I'm-not-impressed line readings.

May 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun

Bill Murray is in top form at this charming romantic comedy fantasy, well directed by Harold Ramis

April 12, 2011 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

Reminds one of Capra's It's A Wonderful Life.

April 9, 2011 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A witty, sarcastic take on redemption.

January 2, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

A memorable comedy for the ages, Groundhog Day digs deeper than most magic-realist comedies... [Blu-ray]

February 22, 2009 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
Groucho Reviews

Comic perfection.

February 2, 2009 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
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Audience Reviews for Groundhog Day

A fun comedy about a man caught on a time loop in his most hated day of the year: Groundhog Day. It's not laugh out loud funny, but more of being impressed with the shenanigans he does while he's reliving his day. Can you guess how long he was stuck in this time loop?
March 13, 2014
Raajay

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I watched again today (on Feb. 2nd of course) just to refresh my memory of this film. The premise of the movie is unique - at least I have not run across it in another movie, but on viewing it again in 2013, I found the Feb. 2nds were going on for too long - and the inevitable end could not come soon enough for me. I reduced my rating by 1/2 a star from what I had rated it 10 years ago.
February 2, 2013
Redlats

Super Reviewer

A dazzling, sweet and ofter remarkable comedy. Groundhog Day presents a criative screenplay, with a good direction and great actings; what makes a lovely movie that still make all laugh and cheer. One of the rares romantic comedys that enjoy me. Fresh.
September 13, 2012
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

"I'll give you a winter prediction: It's gonna be cold, it's gonna be grey, and it's gonna last you for the rest of your life."

A weatherman finds himself living the same day over and over again.

REVIEW
Smug, snide, cynical and dripping with more than an ounce of well-trained insincerity, Pittsburgh local Weatherman Phil Connors (Bill Murray, whose performance here seems to be his usual, languid, wise-ass self, but upon further review, is arguably one of his most slyly executed performance of his career) is not looking forward to covering Groundhog Day in nearby Punxsutawney. He isn't too thrilled with who he's being dispatched to cover it with: a bright new producer (Andie MacDowell) and an unassuming but equally wise-ass cameraman he's worked with before (Chris Elliott). Come the actual event, Phil goes through the motions, then is crestfallen to find out he'll be stuck in Punxsutawney through the day (he was set to leave town that afternoon) and have to spend one more night at a quaint bed-and breakfast where he doesn't fit in. That would soon prove to be the least of his problems, as he begins to relive the same February 2nd ad infinitum.

Murray's performance here is really worth more than a cursory glance: in having to relive the same day over and over again, his Phil is left open to relive it in both generous and selfish ways. As he continually re-crafts the same routines (and tries, in increasingly more grim fashions to escape it), he begins to learn about things and people he absolutely never would, not the least of which his attraction and affinity for his producer. Director Harold Ramis with Second City and Ghostbusters cohort Bill Murray is able to craft a film that, while it seems to be unable to find a way to wrap itself up (and is probably my biggest gripe of this film), is still both cuttingly funny, poignant and somewhat philosophical in its mien.
July 22, 2012
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Lorenzo von Matterhorn

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    1. 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 (4 months ago)
    1. Phil Connors: Hi, three cheeseburgers, two large fries, two milkshakes, and one large coke.
    2. Ralph: And some flapjacks.
    3. Phil Connors: Too early for flapjacks?
    – Submitted by Joe N (15 months ago)
    1. 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 (15 months ago)
    1. Phil Connors: It's just still once a year, isn't it?
    – Submitted by Sunil I (15 months ago)
    1. Phil Connors: Do you want to throw up here or in the car?
    2. Ralph: I think both.
    – Submitted by Beni R (17 months ago)
    1. Rita: You speak French.
    2. Phil Connors: Oui.
    – Submitted by Jacob H (19 months ago)
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