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      Surprised by Oxford

      Released Sep 27, 2023 1 hr. 42 min. Drama Romance TRAILER for Surprised by Oxford: Trailer 1 List
      70% 10 Reviews Tomatometer 81% Fewer than 50 Ratings Audience Score Brilliant but emotionally guarded Carolyn Drake arrives in Oxford with the singular goal of attaining her PhD -- but through a turbulent friendship with a charming young man, she begins to open herself up to mystery, vulnerability, and love. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Premiered Dec 01 Buy Now

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      Stephanie K I really liked that it was a faith based movie with none of the typical cheese. It was a lovely story and done really well. I only wish we couldve seen the realization of being saved or a verbal confirmation of it! Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 10/02/23 Full Review jeanne Loved the love story and how she honestly considered faith in God Rated 5 out of 5 stars 10/02/23 Full Review KatDub I always ask myself, would I see this movie again. My will never get those two hours of my life back. The movie went on and on, with no clear point. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 10/02/23 Full Review Holly R EXCELLENT!!!! Wonderful cinematography, excellent screenplay, decent adaptation of the book, and fantastic insight into the pursuit for faith without being heavy handed. Quite intellectual… a must see for all! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 10/01/23 Full Review Marie F This is one Id go back to see again and bring more friends along. Great story and great acting! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 09/28/23 Full Review Elizabeth B I had the privilege of immersing myself in the captivating world of "Surprised by Oxford." Step inside the beauty of Oxford University and embark on a timeless journey that delves into life's profound questions. This biographical drama invites you to accompany Dr. Carolyn Weber as she navigates the complexities of life and faith during her tenure at the prestigious University of Oxford. This review will delve into the film's mesmerizing cinematography, thought-provoking themes, and remarkable portrayal of the beauty inherent in the gospel. Cinematography and Setting: One of the standout aspects of "Surprised by Oxford" is its remarkable cinematography. The film beautifully captures the timeless beauty of Oxford University, with its ancient buildings and picturesque countryside. The use of a subdued color palette and a nearly noir presentation adds depth and seriousness to the profound philosophical musings of the young students. The attention to detail in capturing the ancient wood doors, walls, floors, and beams is commendable and immerses the audience in the historical atmosphere of Oxford. Themes and Exploration of Faith: At its core, "Surprised by Oxford" is a film about faith and the quest for answers to life's big questions. The story revolves around Caro Drake, a brilliant yet emotionally guarded American student, who embarks on a journey of self-discovery and vulnerability through her friendship with a charming young man. The film skillfully avoids being preachy, instead presenting honest communication about the meaning of having complete faith in God. The film touches upon various thought-provoking topics, including the significance of saving oneself for marriage, the contrast between Christian and worldly pleasure, and the merits of religious rituals and virtues. It explores Caro's transformation as she questions her assumptions and prejudices, ultimately reconsidering the merit of Christianity after reading C.S. Lewis' spiritual memoir, "Surprised by Joy." The film strikes a balance between portraying the struggles against worldly desires and showcasing the beauty of the gospel, which offers the joy our souls yearn for. Thoughtful Interpretations: "Surprised by Oxford" presents nuanced perspectives on faith, highlighting the complexity of religious beliefs and their impact on individuals. It challenges stereotypes and encourages viewers to contemplate the differences between worldly pleasure and Christian pleasure. The film's portrayal of characters with diverse religious backgrounds, such as Caro's Catholic mother and Kent's Protestant convictions, adds depth and authenticity to the narrative. "Surprised by Oxford" is a visually stunning and thought-provoking film that takes viewers on an emotional journey of faith, love, and self-discovery. I particularly love how it offers points to ponder on addressing others struggling with faith. It successfully captures the beauty of Oxford University while exploring profound questions about life and spirituality. The film's knack for addressing these themes in a relatable and genuine manner, without resorting to heavy-handed preaching, is commendable. Whether you're after a visually captivating cinematic experience or contemplating the complexities of faith, "Surprised by Oxford" is a film that shouldn't be missed. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 12/07/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Critics Reviews

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      Nell Minow Almost every shot of the film is filled with its grandeur, dignity, splendor, and traditions. Rated: 3/4 Oct 5, 2023 Full Review Cath Clarke Guardian The purpose is to convert people but really it feels like they are just talking to themselves. Rated: 2/5 Sep 25, 2023 Full Review Tynan Yanaga Film Inquiry For those who have only a mild familiarity or hold an aversion for faith-based movies, Surprised by Hope is a cut above. Oct 7, 2023 Full Review Ayeen Forootan In Review Online Surprised by Oxford, despite its failure to really develop of any deep emotional resonance or narrative thrust, manages to shape a successfully feel-good, small-scaled atmosphere. Sep 29, 2023 Full Review Markie Robson-Scott The Arts Desk This vaguely religious, Jesus-lite rom com, co-written by Weber, feels wishy-washy -- though its cast, which includes Simon Callow, Mark Williams and Michael Culkin, lends it pizzazz. Rated: 2/5 Sep 27, 2023 Full Review Alejandro Turdo Hoy Sale Cine Surprised by Oxford is for sure an unorthodox love story, there is definitively more than meets the eye here. It doesn't stick to any genre formulas and dares to go on a different direction, which definitively the most interesting aspect of it all. Rated: 7/10 Aug 19, 2023 Full Review Read all reviews

      Movie Info

      Synopsis Brilliant but emotionally guarded Carolyn Drake arrives in Oxford with the singular goal of attaining her PhD -- but through a turbulent friendship with a charming young man, she begins to open herself up to mystery, vulnerability, and love.
      Ryan Whitaker
      Executive Producer
      Joel Edwards, Daniel Kiedis, Julian Reid, Hester Ruoff
      Ryan Whitaker
      Trafalgar Releasing
      Production Co
      Evolve Studios, Nook Lane Entertainment, Ascendant Fox
      Drama, Romance
      Original Language
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Sep 27, 2023, Limited
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