I Capture the Castle
I Capture the Castle (2003)

Seventeen-year-old Cassandra Mortmain struggles to survive in a decaying English castle. Her father is desperate to repeat the spectacular success of his first novel, but hasn't written a word for 12 years; her exquisite sister Rose can… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: December 23, 2003
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Critic Score: 80% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A handsome and charming adaptation of the novel.

Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

It has just enough charm to be watchable.

Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press

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.

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Beth Jones
Roanoke Times (Virginia)

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.

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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald

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.

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Gary Dowell
Dallas Morning News

A refreshingly mature look at first love and life's often-rough transitions.

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Marcy Dermansky
About.com

Romala Garai is utterly convincing as the smart, wistful girl with the notebook.

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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle

With eloquent dialogue but scant smoldering passions, the mushy machinations nicely nudge director Tim Fywell's gentle little film.

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Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly

...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.

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Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

A quirky and handsome family drama that nicely captures the pangs and pleasures of adolescence.

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Flixster Audience Score: 77% Flixster User Reviews
Jennifer Xu
If anything the things that went down in this film really surprised me. Who knew that the guy was going to make out with Cassandra? And then he doesn't get… More
Lovable Misanthrope
I think I enjoyed this movie more than most people did, but I don't see how anyone with good taste could not like this film.
Wildaly M
Lovely movie, although I didn't fall in love with it.
John Ballantine
Slightly dull period piece that likely could have been made special save for some very poor casting. Marc Blucas leads the pack. Thank God he has disappeared… More

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