An obsessed young man (Michael Angarano) tries to reignite the romantic spark with his older ex-lover (Uma Thurman) and prevent her marriage to another man.
" Throughout the movie, Ms. Thurman's facial expressions suggest a peevish spoiled child about to stomp her feet and throw a full-scale tantrum. "
" The offbeat comedy is not entirely devoid of charm, but its derivativeness is almost embarrassing. "
" Young Winkler needs to learn that simply instructing characters to smirk and look ironic is not enough; you actually have to come up with funny things for them to say. "
" The contradictory elements stack up at the same time your interest in the characters dwindles. "
" Despite a few grace notes and mildly clever twists, this handsomely produced indie is such a grating turnoff throughout its first third that its minor virtues may be discovered only by insomniac latenight cable viewers. "
" Sporadically funny though less effective at selling its melancholy undercurrents. "
" Ceremony is a callow movie: Winkler exhibits no comprehension of the class anxieties he addresses, and extends precocity into adulthood. That callowness is Ceremony's subject scarcely makes it funnier. "
" Yes, it's been done before (and better). But Uma lends it a sly and sexy spark. "
" If the scenario is unconvincing, debuting writer-director Max Winkler has a feel for the dynamics of this kind of ritualized yet informal social gathering, and his affection for his characters is clear. "
" Does Uma Thurman perpetually underestimate herself, or is Quentin Tarantino the only filmmaker who appreciates her? "
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