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Summerland (2020)

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Critic Consensus: 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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Cast

Tom Courtenay
as Mr. Sullivan
Penelope Wilton
as Older Alice
Amanda Root
as Mrs. Lawrence
Jessica Gunning
as Mrs. Bassett
David Ajao
as Officer
Casper Allpress
as Harry George
Daniel Eghan
as Father of Evacuee
Jude Benkel
as Evacuee Boy 1
Karl Farrer
as Charleston Dancer
Marie Hammer Boda
as Lady in Church
Ty Hurley
as Father at Train Station
Marie Hamm
as Lady in Church
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Critic Reviews for Summerland

All Critics (110) | Top Critics (20)

Summerland may not be the greatest show on Earth, but it is firmly Arterton's show - and deserves more attention than most anyone on these shores will likely give it.

August 21, 2020 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

It a nice, charming, and beautiful respite.

August 12, 2020 | Full Review…

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…

Canny and adorable, Summerland's a family film with a difference.

July 31, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | 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…

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…

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