Summer in February Reviews

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MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
August 12, 2014
Real-life historical drama about a Bohemian artists' colony in Cornwall just before World War I ignores their work... to focus on a tediously tragic romantic triangle.
Nick Schager
The Dissolve
January 31, 2014
Regardless of its true-story credentials, Summer In February seems to have been cobbled together from the moldy spare parts of countless Masterpiece Theater PBS movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.0/5
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
January 20, 2014
Gorgeous scenes along the Cornish coast are impressive, but the film lacks the dynamic chemistry between lovers that's so important in a romance-themed movie.
Kevin Jagernauth
The Playlist
January 17, 2014
...Summer In February eventually settles into a dull routine much like the dissatisfied characters of the film, which will make for an easily dissatisfied audience.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Kristy Puchko
January 17, 2014
In the end, it's a miserable movie about miserable people, and we're left to wonder why. But any further time spent considering this forgettable romance feels wasted.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
January 17, 2014
A relatively alluring period drama set in an artist's colony in Cornwall in 1913.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Glenn Kenny
January 17, 2014
It's sad when a movie that aspires to tell a sad, even tragic, story can't quite connect, and lies there inert on the screen instead of galvanizing or even stirring emotions the way it means to.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
January 16, 2014
Compared with the tepid contretemps of "Summer in February," the soap-opera theatrics of "Downton Abbey" have the depth of Chekhov.
Anna Storm
Film Journal International
January 16, 2014
Lifetime movie with English accents.
Travis Hopson
January 16, 2014
Summer in February is a well-made costume drama that fans of Downton Abbey will probably appreciate, while those hoping to learn about Munnings will be better off hitting the nearest museum.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Brian Orndorf
January 16, 2014
A period excursion into unnecessary suffering, leaving a wide open opportunity for gloriously pained performances and a steady dispensing of anguish, but Summer in February just doesn't register as intended.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
January 16, 2014
Cooper stomps around ineffectually, Stevens makes for a blandly tame suitor, and Browning is unable to ignite any chemistry with either. The scenery is stunning. But the swooning has all the heat of a midwinter's swim.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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John Oursler
Village Voice
January 14, 2014
A ceaselessly bland take on the famed Lamorna artists' colony in Cornwall, circa 1911.
Wes Greene
Slant Magazine
January 14, 2014
As sumptuous as it is immensely shallow, the film practically revels in its attention to lush English landscapes as a means to distract from its derivative storytelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Mark Adams
Screen International
January 14, 2014
The film is at its best when the majestic countryside and the blossoming romance combine perfectly.
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
January 14, 2014
Blah Britpic offers scenery but little else.
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Leslie Felperin
January 14, 2014
A poor script and patchy performances drag down this Edwardian-era drama.
Philip French
Observer [UK]
June 17, 2013
It's not a particularly interesting or revealing story but there's plenty of plein-air painting and plein-air nudity ...
Jason Best
Movie Talk
June 16, 2013
No sooner has Downton's Dan Stevens cast off Cousin Matthew's tweeds than he's back on screen as a stiff-upper-lipped toff. And if this wasn't typecasting enough, he's playing another thoroughly decent chap who is yearning after a flighty young woman.
Tara Brady
Irish Times
June 14, 2013
We're supposed to be saddened that their world is ending and that the first World War, with its awful human toll, looms. Instead we're thinking where are the bloody Germans when you need them?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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