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About the Movie
SWALLOWS AND AMAZONS follows four children who dream of escaping from the tedium of a summer holiday. When finally given permission to camp on their own on a remote island in the middle of a vast lake, they are overjoyed. But when they arrive, they discover they may not be alone and a desperate yet whimsical battle for ownership of the island ensues, where both skill and luck play a hand. Simultaneously, the dangers of an adult world, on the brink of war, encroach on their paradise and intertwine with their lives, in the form of a mysterious pair of Russian spies hot on the tail of the enigmatic Jim Turner. The children must ban together from both groups, learn skills of survival, responsibility, and the all-important value of friendship to save a family member. Steeped in the wonder of a child’s imagination and set against a breath-taking backdrop, this is an exhilarating adaptation of a treasured classic.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 32
- Fresh: 30
- Rotten: 2
- Average Rating: 6.7/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: It's heartening to see Ransome's fiction taking on a new and more independent form, suggesting an ongoing relevance for a series of books that could easily be viewed as too dated for modern children.
Fresh: 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.
Fresh: Parental supervision is little more than a wry nod of approval in this natural light-drenched adventure that comes complete with three old-fashioned cheers for the grumpy housekeeper who nonetheless makes them a cake before they set off.
Fresh: This is the sort of nostalgic, dreamlike family film parents and grandparents will find -- perhaps more so than their offspring -- perfectly pleasant viewing.
Loved this film
I thought I'd be bored but ended up loving this film. From beautiful shots in the countryside to sailing on the water, this movie is an adventure. Plus if you can mix spies and pirates into a film, it makes me happy.
Classic Family Film
This a based on a classic family novel and lives up to the book. Will be watched for many years
Something missing to grab your attention
The previews seemed to make the movie something sure to watch. I didn’t like it one bit and I surely didn’t like the way the brothers and sisters cared for each other or spoke to one another. Lines such as “you’re stupid” and “I hope you drown” do not make this a kids movie in the least. Rotten tomatoes gets this wrong, this is a green splat!