Closing the Ring
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Sixty-five years after making his screen debut as a young stoker in co-directors NoŽl Coward and David Lean's World War II drama In Which We Serve, Richard Attenborough perfects the balance between epic story and intimate tale with this drama starring Shirley MacLaine and Neve Campbell as a mother and daughter who find a relic from the past sparking an incendiary series of events. The year is 1991, and as a small American town mourns the passing of beloved World War II veteran Chuck Harris, his wife Ethel (MacLaine) numbs herself with alcohol to the point where she completely neglects her… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 31%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Attenborough is a past master at this type of drama, and he confidently shifts between the decades, avoiding the confusion so common to non-linear films like this."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"Click to read full revoew [Greek]"
‑ Joseph Proimakis, Movies for the Masses
"Though this original screenplay by Peter Woodward has the potential for an interesting examination of the endurance of love, it's saddled with characters who are not very believable and situations which are more melodramatic than realistic."
‑ David Stratton, At the Movies (Australia)
"It would be a flinty heart indeed that fails to be touched by the rheumy-eyed playing of MacLaine and her co-star Christopher Plummer."
‑ Anthony Quinn, Independent
"The film hangs on themes of lost love, longing and lies buried deep in family history, but with a tonne of sentimentality and mawkishness to carry it really drags its feet."
‑ Laura Bushell,
"Closing the Ring needed to find a context for its free-flowing emotions."
‑ Kamal Al-Solaylee, Globe and Mail
"Shirley MacLaine plays a widow harboring a secret dating back to World War II in the poignant romance Closing the Ring"
‑ Christian Toto, What Would Toto Watch?
"There are emotional high points in this film about one woman and the three men who love her, but the storytelling is cluttered and the constant to-ing and fro-ing from past to present detracts from the overall"
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"Newcomers Gregory Smith, Stephen Amell and David Alpay, as three young US Air Force men, act like daytime soap stars."
‑ , Sun Online
"Accomplished filmmaking used to tell a story that doesn't really need such a big canvas."
‑ Jim Hall, Film4
"With all the will in the world, this is a mere footnote to Attenborough's distinguished filmography."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"All the extraneous detail cannot obscure what is a simple and mostly dopey love story, and a love story that unfolds in an oddly amateurish fashion."
‑ Liz Braun, Jam! Movies
"Closing the Ring is well-acted throughout and it has a romantic appeal that is not to be sneered at, even if some may find it bland."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"Preposterous, and a bit low-budget, but the story is socked over with earnest energy."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Daily Mirror [UK]
"Despite boasting cinematic pedigree on-screen and off, Closing The Ring is amateur and predictable - from Peter 'son of Edward' Woodward's clunky soap opera screenplay to unimaginative lensing and ropey SFX."
‑ Jane Crowther, Total Film
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