Swallows and Amazons (2017) - Rotten Tomatoes

Swallows and Amazons (2017)



Critic Consensus: Swallows and Amazons honors its source material with a beautifully shot drama whose nostalgic glow is enhanced by winning performances and a timeless story.

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Four children dream of escaping the tedium of a summer holiday with their mother. When finally given permission to camp on their own on an island in the middle of a vast lake, they are overjoyed. But when they get there they discover they may not be alone... The battle for ownership of a lonely island teaches them the skills of survival, the value of friendship and the importance of holding your nerve. Set against the breathtaking backdrop of the Lake District, Swallows and Amazons is a heartwarming adventure for all the family.

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Rafe Spall
as Capt. Spall
Kelly Macdonald
as Mrs. Walker
Harry Enfield
as Mr. Jackson
Elizabeth Berrington
as Mrs. Blackett
Dane Hughes
as John Walker
Orla Hill
as Susan Walker
Richard Bremmer
as Old Billy
John Henshaw
as Harbour Master
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All Critics (34) | Top Critics (7)

As clunky as the movie can feel, there's a winning toughness to its unsentimental view of childhood and its nostalgia for a pre-digital age.

July 13, 2017 | Full Review…

Where the film really takes wing is when the Swallows and Amazons are trying to steal each other's boats, making expeditions by moonlight or are planning just what they're going to eat after dropping their provisions in the lake.

August 25, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

It's a charmingly old-fashioned family adventure - one that you can imagine several generations of a family gathering to watch on a rainy grey Sunday afternoon.

August 15, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It's a strange kettle of fish, this adaptation of Arthur Ransome's beloved Thirties children's book, but bizarrely enjoyable for its sense of freedom and derring-do.

July 28, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
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Decent enough: but probably best savoured on the small screen after tea on a rainy Sunday.

July 24, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Despite the plot adjustments, Swallows and Amazons reproduces the potted world Ransome wrote about with diligence and sincerity: it's very English, very interwar, and very, very white.

July 24, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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