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Based on 29 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 75
    San Francisco Chronicle

    A delightful coming-of-age movie that teeters on contrivance but never topples. show more

  • 63
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    Sadly too often (and I'm unsure whether this is the result of voices that echo when bounced off stone walls or because the acting is all over the place), the characters create the impression that English is their second language. show more

  • 63
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    A Jane Austen-like tale of sense and sensibility, with some of the wit, but, alas, none of the linguistic legerdemain. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    We like these people, which is important, and we are amused by them, which is helpful, but most of all we envy them, because they negotiate their romantic perplexities with such dash and style. show more

  • 88
    Michael Sragow Baltimore Sun

    Screwball farce, romance, domestic tragicomedy and literary frolic rolled into one. show more

  • 75
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    Smith's story is a charmer: touching, funny, romantic, perceptive, absorbing and full of color and character. And the movie, which has been respectfully and affectionately handled by people who obviously love their source, captures most of those qualities. show more

  • 75
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    It's surprising no filmmaker has adapted Dodie Smith's novel before now, and pleasing that Mr. Fywell and company have done such a responsible job with it. It's one of the season's most captivating surprises. show more

  • 75
    Wesley Morris Boston Globe

    If there's true magic to be found in the proceedings, it's in Garai's dexterous performance. show more

  • 75
    Peter Debruge Premiere

    What isn't fair is the film's R rating, which makes this charming coming-of-age tale virtually inaccessible to the audience sure to cherish it most. show more

  • 50
    Connie Ogle Miami Herald

    The film is weighted down by a dour sensibility at odds with the book's insouciant charm. show more

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