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Groundhog Day Reviews

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Duane Byrge
Hollywood Reporter
February 2, 2015
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.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
May 6, 2013
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 | Original Score: 4/5
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 6, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
May 6, 2013
A movie that continually replays a single day could quickly become tedious but, strangely enough, Groundhog Day never does.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
May 6, 2013
Murray's wiseacre persona is perfect for what could be saccharine material in other hands.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Michael Sragow
New Yorker
May 6, 2013
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.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
February 2, 2009
Considering that none of the characters is fresh or interesting, it's a commendable achievement that the quality of the storytelling alone keeps the movie watchable and likable.
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
October 5, 2008
[Murray] carries Groundhog Day with his uniquely frittery nonchalance and makes the movie a comic time warp anyone should be happy to get stuck in.
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Richard Natale
Variety
October 5, 2008
Ramis' direction is often too cool and restrained. He wisely avoids playing into the tale's underlying sentimentality.
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
August 18, 2007
Since arriving as a mild success in 1993, Groundhog Day has gradually achieved the status of beloved. The American Film Institute rates it No.34 on its list of all-time funniest movies, and it's a story that bears frequent repeat viewings.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Ramis directs this surreal suburban fantasy with an admirably light touch, revelling in its absurd repetitions, surprising us with narrative ellipses, and allowing Murray ample space to indulge his special mix of sarcasm and smarm.
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Mr. Murray is back in top form with a clever, varied role that draws upon the full range of his talents.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Groundhog will never be designated a national film treasure by the Library of Congress. But, in terms of vehicle selection, this is one of the better ones Murray has hitched himself to.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
The film is lovable and sweet.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
This movie has all the qualities necessary to be a crowd-pleaser: likable characters, charismatic performers, a strong, capably-executed premise, and lots of laughs.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Hal Hinson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
... brilliantly imaginative ...