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Ceremony Reviews

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Rossiter Drake
San Francisco Examiner
April 22, 2011
[Angarano] and Thurman have scenes of such honesty and raw emotional energy that it's almost possible to forgive "Ceremony" its sometimes sluggish pacing and its peevish protagonist. Almost, but not quite.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
April 3, 2011
Uma Thurman is as nuanced as her preposterous role allows, which isn't much
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Brian Orndorf
June 20, 2011
Doesn't offer anything worth the time invested, issuing derivative characters and tuneless situations of longing coated with an ineffective layer of crooked whimsy that often acts like salt in the wound.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Beth Accomando
April 20, 2011
In the end, Ceremony shows occasional promise but mostly pretense. But at least it knows when to wrap up the party and go home.
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
April 8, 2011
Young Winkler needs to learn that simply instructing characters to smirk and look ironic is not enough; you actually have to come up with funny things for them to say.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Geoff Berkshire
April 7, 2011
Starts by presenting seemingly one-note characters and gradually attempts to peel back their layers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
April 6, 2011
Ceremony is a callow movie: Winkler exhibits no comprehension of the class anxieties he addresses, and extends precocity into adulthood. That callowness is Ceremony's subject scarcely makes it funnier.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 15, 2011
It's only funny because its putrid dialogue is so unfunny that it drags flies.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
April 7, 2011
Throughout the movie, Ms. Thurman's facial expressions suggest a peevish spoiled child about to stomp her feet and throw a full-scale tantrum.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 21, 2011
The offbeat comedy is not entirely devoid of charm, but its derivativeness is almost embarrassing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
October 6, 2010
...an ambitious failure...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
May 3, 2015
The problem here is that I wanted to murder the protagonist.
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
March 14, 2011
Sporadically funny though less effective at selling its melancholy undercurrents.
Dustin Putman
March 10, 2011
Innocuous but underwritten. An indie romantic comedy-drama that provides the occasional snicker and a low-key level of emotional urgency, the picture nonetheless comes up lacking in both development and charisma.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
April 14, 2011
Winkler directs with a borrowed sense of assurance.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
February 2, 2012
This marriage for profit story featuring a delusional wedding crasher is neither romantic nor funny.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Joe Leydon
September 21, 2010
Despite a few grace notes and mildly clever twists, this handsomely produced indie is such a grating turnoff throughout its first third that its minor virtues may be discovered only by insomniac latenight cable viewers.
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
April 8, 2011
Does Uma Thurman perpetually underestimate herself, or is Quentin Tarantino the only filmmaker who appreciates her?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine
April 14, 2011
Winkler's writing works too hard to achieve the frothy quality that he attempts.
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
April 21, 2011
In "Ceremony," a Wes Anderson impersonator attempts a version of "Wedding Crashers," and it's about as bad as you might think.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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