The Summer House (Clothes in the Wardrobe)
The Summer House (Clothes in the Wardrobe) (1993)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: July 11, 1995
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Critic Score: 71% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Todd McCarthy
Variety

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.

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Caryn James
New York Times

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

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

The central comic performances by Moreau, Plowright, and Walters keep things lively, especially during the increasingly farcical second half of the film.

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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly

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.

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Rita Kempley
Washington Post

Moreau, with her acid tongue and her flaming hair, devours this droll British comedy as if it were chaparral and she a raging California brush fire.

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Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle

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

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

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.

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James Berardinelli
ReelViews

The movie is unable to decide whether it wants to be a lighthearted comedy/drama, or something darker and more serious.

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Scott Renshaw
rec.arts.movies.reviews

Full of quotable one-liners, spirited performances and good intentions.

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Flixster Audience Score: 38% Flixster User Reviews
Dannielle Albert
One of the most eccentric movies I have ever seen. It had the most bizarre ending.