Summerland

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In Summerland, the living is a little too easy to raise dramatic stakes -- but Gemma Arterton's performance adds some much-needed extra heat.

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Alice is a reclusive writer, resigned to a solitary life on the seaside cliffs of Southern England while World War II rages across the channel. When she opens her front door one day to find she's to adopt a young London evacuee named Frank, she's resistant. It's not long, however, before the two realize they have more in common in their pasts than Alice had assumed. Gemma Arterton, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Tom Courtenay star in this intensely emotional story of love's endurance in trying times.

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All Critics (87) | Top Critics (18) | Fresh (67) | Rotten (20)

  • Ms. Arterton gets to play a few scenes worthy of her art before the film turns into a milking machine designed to wring feelings from a link between past and present that, once again, amounts to a construct.

    July 31, 2020 | Full Review…
  • For what it is, Summerland is solidly made, but don't expect anything extraordinary from the production.

    July 31, 2020 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Canny and adorable, Summerland's a family film with a difference.

    July 31, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Where films like The Railway Children and Hope and Glory handle the tricky balance between children's coming-of-age story and adult wartime drama perfectly, Summerland fudges it.

    July 31, 2020 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Arterton, Mbatha-Raw, and the child actors ... bring such commitment and integrity to their characterizations that one is inclined not just to hang in there but to root for them all.

    July 31, 2020 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • The movie eventually finds its summerland, its happy place, its version of heaven. It will take you there, too, if you allow it.

    July 31, 2020 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

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