Mixed or average reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 20
  2. Negative: 1 out of 20
  1. Reviewed by: Neil Genzlinger
    May 29, 2014
    It’s adorable.
  2. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    May 29, 2014
    The Grand Seduction slowly brings its story into focus and then sneaks up and becomes quite funny.
  3. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Jun 19, 2014
    Thanks to its cast, The Grand Seduction turns out to be, if not exactly groundbreaking, at least agreeable, comfortable fun.
  4. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    May 29, 2014
    Newfoundland-set comedy is formulaic but pleasing.
  5. Reviewed by: Nikola Grozdanovic
    Jun 3, 2014
    The Grand Seduction reeks of a pleasantness that makes for a very soothing watch. The lack of character depth and the contrived plot won’t be placing it near any top ten lists, but there are far worse ways to spend two hours in a theatre these days.
  6. Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    Jun 12, 2014
    Even with the odd misgiving or two, The Grand Seduction will effortlessly charm anyone susceptible to an endearing story told with modesty, wit and unprepossessing sweetness.
  7. 63
    Gleeson, Pinsent and Kitsch make this a diverting comic travelogue for anybody who misses “Northern Exposure” but has no intention of moving to Alaska, or in this case, Newfoundland.
  8. Reviewed by: John Semley
    May 29, 2014
    As sweet as the film can be (a burgeoning romance between Kitsch’s doctor and Liane Balaban’s hard-to-get local borders on the adorable), The Grand Seduction is also deeply cynical.
  9. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    May 29, 2014
    A remake of a 2003 French Canadian movie, The Grand Seduction is more bland than grand and more eccentric than seductive.
  10. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    May 28, 2014
    The frequently funny The Grand Seduction is a thoroughly pleasant way to pass a couple of hours.
  11. Reviewed by: Matthew Kassel
    May 28, 2014
    In the small-town-conspiring-on-a-big-lie genre, The Grand Seduction doesn’t get near the mastery of 1998’s "Waking Ned Devine," but the shots of the village in Newfoundland, where it was filmed, are beautiful, and the local accents are convincing.
  12. Reviewed by: Jordan Hoffman
    May 29, 2014
    Gleeson and the collection of good-natured seniors with accents will win your heart.
  13. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    May 28, 2014
    With just a couple of strong casting choices and a winsome tone, an old formula can still work, and The Grand Seduction comes out of the lab with a disarming readiness to please.
  14. Reviewed by: Peter Keough
    Jun 19, 2014
    Charming, but not seductive.
  15. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Jun 13, 2014
    In Don McKellar's remake of "Seducing Doctor Lewis", a 2003 French-Canadian comedy, the charm feels force-fed.
  16. Reviewed by: Martin Tsai
    May 29, 2014
    Despite this notable cast, the remake never manages to drum up much excitement for its sleepy hamlet rousing or for its characters, finally filled with purpose.
  17. Reviewed by: Zachary Wigon
    May 27, 2014
    The endearing nature of the characters, especially Gleeson's Murray, provides some pleasure.
  18. Reviewed by: Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
    May 28, 2014
    A confused, toothless comedy.
  19. Reviewed by: Jay Weissberg
    May 29, 2014
    Only a curmudgeon would deny the pic its moments of clean, wholly predictable fun.
  20. Reviewed by: Alan Jones
    May 23, 2014
    Like many films that contrast the simplicity of a rural community against the confusion of city life, The Grand Seduction exhibits a patriarchal, xenophobic attitude.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Jul 19, 2014
    WOW. What a sleeper. Thoroughly enjoyed this movie. Great acting and storyline. Must see! Love the point the movie makes about the people in the community want to get off government well fare and work! Full Review »
  2. Jun 13, 2014
    A fun, if somewhat improbable yarn that's endearing and full of gentle humor, in many ways reminiscent of films like "Local Hero" and the TV series "Northern Exposure" (with a Canadian twist). As long as you're willing to suspend belief on a few key plot points, this is an enjoyable fable full of charm, magic and beautiful scenery. Full Review »
  3. Jun 2, 2014
    THE GRAND SEDUCTION is far too big and awkward a title for this charming small film from Canada. All around adorable with a cast to match. THE GRAND SEDUCTION breaks no new ground but totally delights with a winning tale of a small harbor in need of some help to get back on its feet. Lovely. Full Review »