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  • Summary: A classic English story told in a fresh, vivacious style by the teenage heroine of the piece. (Samuel Goldwyn Films)
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  1. Positive: 18 out of 29
  2. Negative: 2 out of 29
  1. Funny, sad, moving and, above all, astute, making I Capture the Castle a fabulous film. Even the cars are tasty.
  2. 88
    Screwball farce, romance, domestic tragicomedy and literary frolic rolled into one.
  3. 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.
  4. Falling in love with the wrong person makes for a far more toothsome melodrama, a fact this small, satisfying picture rightly recognizes.
  5. 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.
  6. Smith's book is a charmer, but the keys to this ''Castle'' have been misplaced.
  7. 20
    Garai's flowery, overwritten narration proves irritating in the movie's first half, then unfortunately sets the tone for a fatal second-half descent into soap operatics, dippy dialogue, and airless melodrama.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3

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