Groundhog Day
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Bill Murray plays Phil, a TV weatherman working for a local station in Pennsylvania but convinced that national news stardom is in his grasp. Phil displays a charm and wit on camera that evaporates the moment the red light goes off; he is bitter, appallingly self-centered, and treats his co-workers with contempt, especially his producer Rita (Andie MacDowell) and cameraman Larry (Chris Elliot). On February 2, 1992, Phil, Rita, and Larry are sent on an assignment that Phil especially loathes: the annual Groundhog Day festivities in Punxsutawney, PA, where the citizens await the appearance of… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%

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"Groundhog Day may not be the funniest collaboration between Bill Murray and director Harold Ramis... Yet this gentle, small-scale effort is easily the most endearing film of both men's careers, a sweet and amusing surprise package."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"Murray's wiseacre persona is perfect for what could be saccharine material in other hands."
‑ Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune
"Precise and smart and fussed over without feeling fussy."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Groundhog Day is surprisingly inventive."
‑ , People Magazine
"Groundhog Day is a good vehicle for Murray, tailored to his deadpan style, and should please fans disappointed by some the comedian's recent movies."
‑ Gary Thompson, Philadelphia Daily News
"Murray hasn't made a comedy this winningly dumb and smart and -- yes -- sweet in a long time. If, indeed, he ever has."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Even if you applaud Bill Murray's evolution from inspired comedian to minimalist seriocomic actor, it's a relief to revisit his most varied and charming role as Phil Connors."
‑ Michael Sragow, New Yorker
"The legacy film of director Harold Ramis."
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"MacDowell was never more convincing and Chris Elliott is a dry delight as her lens-man. Murray and movie, meanwhile, are a mutual godsend: Groundhog Day rescued his career from calcifying in self-caricature."
‑ Kevin Harley, Total Film
"The movie is expertly calculated to derive maximum comic energy from Bill Murray's great, deadpan mug and his drop-dead I'm-not-impressed line readings."
‑ Stephen Hunter, Baltimore Sun
"A movie that continually replays a single day could quickly become tedious but, strangely enough, Groundhog Day never does."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"Bill Murray is the one veteran of the Saturday Night Live/SCTV axis who still knows how to enter into a giddy conspiracy with his audience."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"Director Harold Ramis uses every cinematic trick in the book to keep what is essentially a one-gag movie brimming with life and fresh ideas."
‑ David Parkinson, Radio Times
"Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell have a ball with the main roles."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"Bill Murray is in top form at this charming romantic comedy fantasy, well directed by Harold Ramis"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
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