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Summer in February (2014)

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Critic Consensus: It boasts beautiful scenery, but in every other respect, Summer in February is a painfully bland period drama.

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A sweeping romance set at a bohemian artist colony on the picturesque coasts of pre-war England, SUMMER IN FEBRUARY is based on the true story of painter Sir Alfred Munnings (Dominic Cooper, MAMMA MIA!, MY WEEK WITH MARILYN) and his blue-blood best friend Gilbert (Dan Stevens, "Downton Abbey"). Born into a working-class family, Munnings rises to become one of the premiere British artists of his time, winning the affection of aristocratic beauty Florence Carter-Wood (Emily Browning, SLEEPING BEAUTY). But when Gilbert falls for Florence as well, a love triangle emerges with tragic consequences. (c) Tribeca
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Art House & International , Drama , Special Interest , Romance
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Cast

Dominic Cooper
as Al Munnings
Emily Browning
as Florence Carter-Wood
Dan Stevens (IV)
as Gilbert Evans
Hattie Morahan
as Laura Knight
Shaun Dingwall
as Harold Knight
Max Deacon
as Joey Carter-Wood
Mia Austen
as Dolly
Nicholas Farrell
as Mr. Carter-Wood
Michael Maloney
as Col. Paynter
Camille O'Sullivan
as Gypsy Woman
Jane Cussons
as Birdwatcher
Daphne Neville
as Birdwatcher
Joshua James
as Bertie
Ollie Smith
as Walter
Iona Coburn
as Singer
Seth Lakeman
as Fiddler
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Critic Reviews for Summer in February

All Critics (38) | Top Critics (6)

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… | January 17, 2014
RogerEbert.com
Top Critic

Compared with the tepid contretemps of "Summer in February," the soap-opera theatrics of "Downton Abbey" have the depth of Chekhov.

Full Review… | January 16, 2014
New York Times
Top Critic

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… | January 16, 2014
New York Daily News
Top Critic

A ceaselessly bland take on the famed Lamorna artists' colony in Cornwall, circa 1911.

Full Review… | January 14, 2014
Village Voice
Top Critic

Blah Britpic offers scenery but little else.

Full Review… | January 14, 2014
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

A poor script and patchy performances drag down this Edwardian-era drama.

Full Review… | January 14, 2014
Variety
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Summer in February

It would be an unsatisfying film, if it weren't based on a true story. The tragedy is so unbearable, you don't want to accept it as well-structured story. But it is true, and that redeems it. The performances, particularly by Browning and Stevens, are indelible.

Irene Schneider
Irene Schneider

summer in february not that unusual if u live in the southern hemisphere but here make a period pic about UK artists/painters in the merchant/Ivoray tradition and well made too.

Greg Wood
Greg Wood
½

A bland romantic period drama that starts off interesting enough, as there are a lot of early 20th-century poetry, paintings, and music involved. However, staying for the whole 100 minutes duration of the film is a regrettably sour experience. The love story is transformed into complete disarray, as the Murphy's law went into full effect in the most painful way possible (without having to go into the horror genre). Dominic Cooper, Dan Stevens, and Emily Browning gave great performances, but apart from that, this film is not worth watching unless you have a masochistic streak.

Thomas Andrikus
Thomas Andrikus

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