Summer in February
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A sweeping romance set at a bohemian artist colony on the picturesque coasts of pre-war England, SUMMER IN FEBRUARY is based on the true story of painter Sir Alfred Munnings (Dominic Cooper, MAMMA MIA!, MY WEEK WITH MARILYN) and his blue-blood best friend Gilbert (Dan Stevens, "Downton Abbey"). Born into a working-class family, Munnings rises to become one of the premiere British artists of his time, winning the affection of aristocratic beauty Florence Carter-Wood (Emily Browning, SLEEPING BEAUTY). But when Gilbert falls for Florence as well, a love triangle emerges with tragic… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 35%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Compared with the tepid contretemps of "Summer in February," the soap-opera theatrics of "Downton Abbey" have the depth of Chekhov."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"Blah Britpic offers scenery but little else."
‑ John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter
"Regardless of its true-story credentials, Summer In February seems to have been cobbled together from the moldy spare parts of countless Masterpiece Theater PBS movies."
‑ Nick Schager, The Dissolve
"In the end, it's a miserable movie about miserable people, and we're left to wonder why. But any further time spent considering this forgettable romance feels wasted."
‑ Kristy Puchko,
"Lifetime movie with English accents."
‑ Anna Storm, Film Journal International
"Cooper stomps around ineffectually, Stevens makes for a blandly tame suitor, and Browning is unable to ignite any chemistry with either. The scenery is stunning. But the swooning has all the heat of a midwinter's swim."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"A poor script and patchy performances drag down this Edwardian-era drama."
‑ Leslie Felperin, Variety
"Gorgeous scenes along the Cornish coast are impressive, but the film lacks the dynamic chemistry between lovers that's so important in a romance-themed movie."
‑ Betty Jo Tucker, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"A relatively alluring period drama set in an artist's colony in Cornwall in 1913."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Summer in February is a well-made costume drama that fans of Downton Abbey will probably appreciate, while those hoping to learn about Munnings will be better off hitting the nearest museum."
‑ Travis Hopson,
"A ceaselessly bland take on the famed Lamorna artists' colony in Cornwall, circa 1911."
‑ John Oursler, Village Voice
"Real-life historical drama about a Bohemian artists' colony in Cornwall just before World War I ignores their work... to focus on a tediously tragic romantic triangle."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"...Summer In February eventually settles into a dull routine much like the dissatisfied characters of the film, which will make for an easily dissatisfied audience."
‑ Kevin Jagernauth, The Playlist
"It's sad when a movie that aspires to tell a sad, even tragic, story can't quite connect, and lies there inert on the screen instead of galvanizing or even stirring emotions the way it means to."
‑ Glenn Kenny,
"A period excursion into unnecessary suffering, leaving a wide open opportunity for gloriously pained performances and a steady dispensing of anguish, but Summer in February just doesn't register as intended."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
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