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12,072 Ratings

Groundhog Day

Directed by Harold Ramis
United States, 1993


Phil Connors, an arrogant Pittsburgh weatherman, is dreading his upcoming assignment: to cover a Groundhog Day festival in smalltown Pennsylvania. Making no effort to hide his frustration, he will find himself caught in a time warp, where he has to relive the same day over and over again.

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Groundhog Day Directed by Harold Ramis

Awards & Festivals

BAFTA Awards

1994 | Winner: Best Screenplay - Original

New York Film Critics Circle Awards

1993 | 2nd place: Best Screenplay

London Critics Circle Film Awards

1994 | Winner: Screenwriter of the Year

National Film Preservation Board

2006 | Winner: National Film Registry

Critics reviews

The brilliant insight that GROUNDHOG DAY shares with its audience is that watching the same movie again is inevitably to watch a different movie. “Okay campers, rise and shine, and don’t forget your booties ‘cause it’s cold out there today.” The banal banter of a radio DJ unexpectedly becomes a sobering existential pronouncement.
February 01, 2013
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All of the characters are equally unfresh and uninteresting. What keeps it entertaining, apart from a few brief slapstick interludes, is the unorthodox narrative construction — and stock characters may serve this cause better than interesting characters would because they distract less from the narrative mechanisms.
March 05, 1993
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What are people saying?

  • Federico D'Accinni's rating of the film Groundhog Day

    One of my favourite American comedies ever; Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell are just fantastic together. The writing is bizarre, funny and incredibly clever; a surreal film about everyday life and how we can all become better humans. A powerful story which gets philosophical, romantic and melancholic at the same time; I would watch it over and over again, and always feel like it was the first time (or the same day!)

  • Phil Worfel's rating of the film Groundhog Day

    One of those rare near-flawless comedies. That and the groundhog and I share a namesake.

  • Nicholas Gregory's rating of the film Groundhog Day

    Birth comes with a purpose-- survival. But life doesn't come with a meaning. Only monotony. We wake, work, go out, sleep. Repeat. It's an infinite time loop, with alterations to the cycle, if ostensibly. To break it requires self-actualization: discovering yourself and your place in the world and leaving a legacy when you die, all means living with a true meaning... as we all are born to die unless we grow to live.

  • Thomas's rating of the film Groundhog Day

    A perfect showcase for Bill Murray, the premise allowing him to crank-up his sharp, impeccably executed ascerbic indifference by greater degrees as his predicament continues interminably. Fun, charming, absurd, philosophical.. this film has all the familiar warmth of character, seasonal holidays and a whole host of inventive ways in which to kill oneself in times of mindnumbing repetative boredom. It's a Doozy!

  • HKFanatic's rating of the film Groundhog Day

    Comedy has never been my bag, so if a movie in the genre makes me laugh I typically feel like it's done its job. Not only is "Groundhog's Day" laugh-out-loud funny throughout its entire runtime, but it's also alternately morbid, existential, and genuinely sweet. In other words, it's an honest to God film. Thanks to his Sisyphus-like suffering, our protagonist's transformation feels earned rather than formulaic.

  • msmichel's rating of the film Groundhog Day

    20 years later this stands as Ramis' finest work and has become a comedy classic. Ingenious scripting that rests on the charisma of Bill Murray and therefore is a raging success. Beneath the plot gimmick is a quite touching story of 'love conquers all' while at the same time looking at both the pros and foibles of possible immortality set in a reoccurring day which could be heaven or more likely a living hell.

  • Marcus Killerby's rating of the film Groundhog Day

    Re-watching this it's hard to figure out how a movie so gimmicky can be so good. It's like an extended twilight zone episode, a great one. Bill Murray and Andie McDowell steal the show, but the performances from everyone are really top notch. The below comment likens this to Camus and frankly I can see why. A hilarious nightmare. Don't know why I'm writing this though. I expect you've already seen it. Watch it again.

  • Gabe's rating of the film Groundhog Day

    What in all likelihood should have turned out to be a sub-par Murray vehicle with a gimmick instead, was somehow crafted into a really poignant–and hilarious–story as if the same day replaying itself scenario is so natural to Harold Ramis that it didn't even require any special imagination to come up with, just good old-fashioned story-telling of the type a time traveler might employ... hmmmm....

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