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Summer in February (15)

Biography, Drama, Romance

A true tale of love, liberty and scandal amongst the Edwardian artists' colony in Cornwall.

The critical consensus

Likely to get a wintry reception.

*(*)(*)(*)(*)Chris Tookey, Daily Mail, 14/06/2013

While the melodrama occasionally grates, this works as a raw romance and an intriguing glimpse of a bold and brash artist ahead of his time.

***(*)(*)Anna Smith, Empire Online, 14/06/2013

The film is so unconvincing in its depiction of the tragic Florence’s romantic travails, it’s hard to care about any of this sub-soapy nonsense.

**(*)(*)(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 13/06/2013

The love triangle never comes into focus, and sudden bursts of drama fizzle like damp fireworks. Cooper plays the part on one boorish note, while Browning and Stevens are terribly drippy.

**(*)(*)(*)Anthony Quinn, The Independent, 14/06/2013

Proof that truth is duller than fiction comes with this tale of real events in the Lamorna artists' colony in Cornwall in the months before the first world war.

**(*)(*)(*)Michael Hann, The Guardian, 13/06/2013

It’s certainly aiming to reach out for the Sunday night telly crowd – albeit those who won’t be offended by a bit of nudity and hot passions bubbling away under those starched collars.

***(*)(*)James Mottram, The List, 14/06/2013

It’s old-fashioned for sure, and the characters are a tad under-written, but the picture looks lovely, is very well acted and quietly moving.

***(*)(*)Henry Fitzherbert, Daily Express, 13/06/2013

It's not a particularly interesting or revealing story but there's plenty of plein-air painting and plein-air nudity, and cinematographer Andrew Dunn, whose best-known film Gosford Park is set in the same year, and the production designer, Sophie Becher, give it a satisfying period feeling.

Philip French, The Observer, 16/06/2013

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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