Tortoise In Love
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Tom, gardener at the big house, is not a fast mover with women. In fact he's glacially slow. When beautiful Polish au pair Anya arrives for the summer, Tom falls for her catastrophically like the felling of one of the giant trees he cares for in the manicured grounds. Tom's adviser in matters of the heart is young Harry, abandoned by the rich owners of the house to run wild in the gardens. Harry's secret wish is for the Red Arrows to appear at the village fair: Tom's is to win the heart of Anya. Both seem impossible dreams until the whole village decides to lend a hand.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 56%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's sharper than your average Britcom, and perfectly charming, so you'll forgive a bit of amateurism and wooden acting."
‑ Cath Clarke, Time Out
"Rather less fun than a saucy Women's Institute calendar."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"This gently off-beat romance may boast more corn than a packed silo in summer but it's got a tender heart and charm to spare."
‑ David Parkinson, Empire Magazine
"There's an easy charm about Guy Browning's debut film Tortoise in Love that is not only set in Kingston Bagpuize, Oxfordshire, but whose community members became involved in its making"
‑ Louise Keller, Urban Cinefile
"It's gentle, well-meaning, a bit watery."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"The traditional problem of am-dram persists: unless it's your son/daughter/dad/nan doing their thing, you're never as forgiving as the enthusiastic cast would wish."
‑ Andrew Lowry, Total Film
"A decidedly old fashioned film that has a big heart in many of the right places despite its modest means."
‑ Graham Young, Birmingham Post
"Laugh-out-loud humour and a replacement for Hugh Grant replacement. Bish bosh."
‑ Anna Pintus, Little White Lies
"Does its best to follow rom-com convention, but without a spark between the leads, a captivating narrative or decent dollop of humour, fails to do the minimum required..."
‑ Steve Newall,
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