The Summer House
The Summer House (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: June 1, 1993
DVD Release Date: July 11, 1995
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Critic Score: 71% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Todd McCarthy

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.

TV 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

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

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

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Flixster Audience Score: 44% Flixster User Reviews
Dannielle Albert
One of the most eccentric movies I have ever seen. It had the most bizarre ending.