What the papers say: Mixed reaction to Wimbledon film

Working Title’s recently released rom-com Wimbledon drew praise and criticism last week, with the authenticity of the tennis and London setting attracting the most comment.

‘Nothing rings true and the makers have no interest in examining the minds of professional sports people,’ commented The Observer (26 September).

Some critics were tired of the Working Title formula: ‘Yet another lazy Four Weddings and A Funeral clone,’ moaned the Daily Mirror (24 September), while The Independent dubbed it ‘derivative, audience-pleasing tosh’ (24 September).

Others, however, gave praise: ‘A return to what the filmmakers with the Midas touch do best’ (msnbc.com, 19 September); a ‘sweet, rib-tickling romantic tale’ (The Sun, 27 September).

So has the new blood at Working Title drawn a line under The Thunderbirds disappointment? The proof will be in US box-office takings.

‘US audiences still flocked to see it,’ noted megastar.co.uk (27 September), suggesting it could be a smash after all.

Analysis conducted by Echo Research from data supplied to PRWeek from NewsNow. www.echoresearch.com www.newsnow.co.uk

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