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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 (126) | Top Critics (35)

Made with great panache, this is a real gem of understated poignancy; about summers as lovely as they are fraught.

January 14, 2021 | Full Review…

Arterton towers in the role, not always in a good way. A stronger director might have reined her in, but Swale is not yet that experienced. When you add a large amount of treacle to the mix, the film becomes cloying and pushy.

January 13, 2021 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The child actors - Bond and Dixie Egerickx who plays a schoolfriend - are the most convincing elements of this woefully unconvincing romantic drama.

January 8, 2021 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…

Summerland's lilting, soft-focus approach is part of its considerable appeal, but there is sharpness here too, where it counts.

November 22, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Despite its name (and July release date), Summerland is a film for cozy times, bundled up in a sweater with a honeyed mug of tea cupped in hands.

November 16, 2020 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Summerland shows us how being robbed of self-expression - sexual or emotional - can feel like slow suffocation. But it's too afraid of uncertainty.

November 12, 2020 | Rating: 3/5

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