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The Summer House (Clothes in the Wardrobe)
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 visit from her exotic and flamboyant friend Lili (Jeanne Moreau, in a scene-stealing performance). ~ Nicole Gagne, Rovi
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 71%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"Acting together in top form, Ms. Moreau and Ms. Plowright are something to see."
‑ Caryn James, New York Times
"The central comic performances by Moreau, Plowright, and Walters keep things lively, especially during the increasingly farcical second half of the film."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Stars Jeanne Moreau as a Zorba-the-Greek-like soul whose zest for life changes all those who come into contact with her."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"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."
‑ Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
"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."
‑ Rita Kempley, Washington Post
"Jeanne Moreau. Jeanne Moreau. Jeanne Moreau. She is the soul of this movie and its raison d'Ítre."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"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."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"The movie is unable to decide whether it wants to be a lighthearted comedy/drama, or something darker and more serious."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Full of quotable one-liners, spirited performances and good intentions."
‑ Scott Renshaw, rec.arts.movies.reviews
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