The Summer House (1993) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Summer House (1993)



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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).


Joan Plowright
as Mrs. Monro
Lena Headey
as Margaret
John Wood
as Robert
Maggie Steed
as Mrs. Raffald
Catherine Schell
as Marie-Claire
Britta Smith
as Mother Joseph
David Gant
as Gallery Owner
Natalie Flynn
as Jennifer
Thomas Lawrence
as Christopher
Annabel Burton
as Margaret (as a child)
Tommy Duggan
as Father O'Flynn
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Critic Reviews for The Summer House

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (8)

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.

August 13, 2013 | Full Review…

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.

September 7, 2011 | Rating: C-

Jeanne Moreau. Jeanne Moreau. Jeanne Moreau. She is the soul of this movie and its raison d'être.

April 12, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | 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.

January 15, 2005

Acting together in top form, Ms. Moreau and Ms. Plowright are something to see.

August 30, 2004 | Rating: 3/5

Jeanne Moreau has been a treasure of the movies for 35 years, often playing roles something like this one.

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

Audience Reviews for The Summer House

One of the most eccentric movies I have ever seen. It had the most bizarre ending.

Dannielle Albert
Dannielle Albert

Super Reviewer

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