The Summer House

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Total Count: 15


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Movie Info

Martin Sherman adapted Alice Thomas Ellis' novel for this comedy about a suburban Englishwoman who's about to settle on marriage with her mother-dominated next door neighbor until everyone's comfortable life is disrupted by a visit from her exotic and flamboyant friend Lili (Jeanne Moreau, in a scene-stealing performance).


Critic Reviews for The Summer House

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (11) | Rotten (4)

  • Chain-smoking, guzzling booze and spouting worldly epigrams about love and life, Moreau fits into Croydon like a peacock in Antarctica, sashaying around and imposing her seductive will on everyone.

    Aug 13, 2013 | Full Review…

    Todd McCarthy

    Top Critic
  • Joan Plowright and Jeanne Moreau turn this slight BBC production into a jolly lesson about how two great old theatrical broads can liven up an arty domestic drama.

    Sep 7, 2011 | Rating: C- | Full Review…
  • Apart from offering a juicy star turn to Moreau, the movie has a lot of mordantly funny things to say about the conventionality of suburban English life, and all the actors shine.

    Jan 15, 2005 | Full Review…
  • Acting together in top form, Ms. Moreau and Ms. Plowright are something to see.

    Aug 30, 2004 | Rating: 3/5
  • The movie is unable to decide whether it wants to be a lighthearted comedy/drama, or something darker and more serious.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Jeanne Moreau has been a treasure of the movies for 35 years, often playing roles something like this one.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Summer House

  • Aug 25, 2008
    One of the most eccentric movies I have ever seen. It had the most bizarre ending.
    Dannielle A Super Reviewer

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