I Capture the Castle
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Based on the novel by Dodie Smith (101 Dalmatians), director Tim Fywell's comic romance follows 17-year-old Cassandra Mortmain (Romola Garai) and her quirky family as they attempt to make the best of their meager existence in a crumbling English castle. While her father (Bill Nighy) has been struggling for over a decade to repeat the success of his debut novel, her beautiful sister Rose (Rose Byrne) frequently voices her displeasure with their current situation, and nudist stepmother Topaz (Tara Fitzgerald) proves little help at much of anything. The arrival of American landlord Simon… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

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"It has just enough charm to be watchable."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"Dollops on the usual romantic, family and class conflicts with a very heavy ladle, which pretty much smothers the whimsical mood Fywell strains so hard to attain."
‑ Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press
"The fancy-pants accents and period costuming make one feel intellectually smug, as if the afternoon had been spent watching a Merchant-Ivory film - only without the tedium of actually sitting through a Merchant-Ivory film."
‑ Beth Jones, Roanoke Times (Virginia)
"The film is a charmer. It's romantic, funny and satisfying."
‑ Robert W. Butler, Kansas City Star
"It didn't excite me or hold my interest, though everything about it was modestly successful."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"The filmmakers can't seem to unearth the novel's inherent lightheartedness and instead treat too many events with earnest seriousness, trampling the original story's lively spirit in heavy-handed drama."
‑ Connie Ogle, Miami Herald
"A refreshingly mature look at first love and life's often-rough transitions."
‑ Gary Dowell, Dallas Morning News
"Romala Garai is utterly convincing as the smart, wistful girl with the notebook."
‑ Marcy Dermansky, About.com
"Better on set-up than follow-through."
‑ Steve Schneider, Orlando Weekly
"... boasts a number of essential, if slightly twisted, fairy-tale elements that give the movie an engaging, slightly otherworldly air -- one that occasionally clashes with, but more often enhances, the all-too-human foibles at its heart."
‑ Carol Cling, Las Vegas Review-Journal
"With eloquent dialogue but scant smoldering passions, the mushy machinations nicely nudge director Tim Fywell's gentle little film."
‑ Bruce Westbrook, Houston Chronicle
"...mines the rich veins of both Austen and Fitzgerald. But Fywell lets his focus wander. By the end Castle seems to come apart stone by stone."
‑ Thomas Delapa, Boulder Weekly
"A quirky and handsome family drama that nicely captures the pangs and pleasures of adolescence."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"A quirky story about young love in the 1930s and all of its intense aches and longings."
‑ Jeffrey Bruner, Des Moines Register
"Castle (captures) a coming-of-age story and the changing romantic and economic relationships between family, friends, and paramours. It's a diamond in the rough."
‑ Elias Savada, Nitrate Online
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