Ceremony Reviews

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Chris Nashawaty
Entertainment Weekly
June 23, 2011
Yes, it's been done before (and better). But Uma lends it a sly and sexy spark.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
May 11, 2011
The contradictory elements stack up at the same time your interest in the characters dwindles.
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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
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
April 14, 2011
Winkler directs with a borrowed sense of assurance.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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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
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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
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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
April 7, 2011
If the scenario is unconvincing, debuting writer-director Max Winkler has a feel for the dynamics of this kind of ritualized yet informal social gathering, and his affection for his characters is clear.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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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.
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
March 14, 2011
Sporadically funny though less effective at selling its melancholy undercurrents.
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Joe Leydon
Variety
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.