88

Baltimore Sun

By Michael Sragow
Screwball farce, romance, domestic tragicomedy and literary frolic rolled into one.
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
We like these people, which is important, and we are amused by them, which is helpful, but most of all we envy them, because they negotiate their romantic perplexities with such dash and style.
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75

Premiere

By Peter Debruge
What isn't fair is the film's R rating, which makes this charming coming-of-age tale virtually inaccessible to the audience sure to cherish it most.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

A delightful coming-of-age movie that teeters on contrivance but never topples.
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75

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
If there's true magic to be found in the proceedings, it's in Garai's dexterous performance.
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75

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
Smith's story is a charmer: touching, funny, romantic, perceptive, absorbing and full of color and character. And the movie, which has been respectfully and affectionately handled by people who obviously love their source, captures most of those qualities.
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75

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
It's surprising no filmmaker has adapted Dodie Smith's novel before now, and pleasing that Mr. Fywell and company have done such a responsible job with it. It's one of the season's most captivating surprises.
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63

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Sadly too often (and I'm unsure whether this is the result of voices that echo when bounced off stone walls or because the acting is all over the place), the characters create the impression that English is their second language.
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63

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
A Jane Austen-like tale of sense and sensibility, with some of the wit, but, alas, none of the linguistic legerdemain.
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58

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Smith's book is a charmer, but the keys to this ''Castle'' have been misplaced.
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63 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
Metascore® based on all critic reviews. Scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.