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Female Perversions (1997)

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78

Average Rating: 6.8/10
Critic Reviews: 9
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 2

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An outwardly successful woman teeters on the brink of emotional collapse in this psychological drama. Evelyn Stevens (Tilda Swinton) is a skilled and well-regarded attorney who is being considered for a prestigious judicial appointment. However, she's plagued by self-doubt and neurotic obsessions (the "perversions" referenced in the title), including an obsession with expensive clothes and cosmetics, lingering fears about her relationship with her lover John (Clancy Brown), an exaggerated sense

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The women (played by Tilda Swinton and Amy Madigan) are so intriguing and complex that they almost overcome the trappings of a non-linear narrative that's borderline academic.

June 27, 2006 Full Review Source: Variety
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The result is short on plot but long on observational detail and psychological resonance.

April 12, 2002 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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Even if it works better as a provocative psychological treatise than as art, it does come alive and does provide major roles for Tilda Swinton and Amy Madigan.

February 14, 2001 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Often too pretentious to be profound.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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Taken as a whole, this is not a product of the cookie cutter and should be of interest to the adventurous filmgoer.

January 1, 2000
Houston Chronicle
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This film is steamy, pulsing with veracity, boldly performed.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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I could never warm up to any of the characters or their perversions or neuroses.

May 31, 2013 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Humorless and swathed in symbolism, it taunts us with cerebral puzzles that we may not care to solve.

January 9, 2002 Full Review Source: Movieline
Movieline

Through a complex narrative technique and stunning imagery, the movie ... slips behind the mask of invincibility to portray a woman plagued by self-doubt and anguish.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: E! Online
E! Online

Unless you're already passionate about the movie's themes, you may not feel convinced or drawn in.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: San Francisco Examiner
San Francisco Examiner

As a whole Female Perversions only provides a bewildering collection of beautifully photographed images and thought-provoking set pieces.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Our Eve uses her beauty and sexuality to get ahead and yet simultaneously rails against both, leaving the viewer to ponder that age-old mystery of life: Who cares?

January 1, 2000
Jam! Movies

Streitfeld is only fitfully successful.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

The most intelligent, entertaining, provocative, absorbing, and, yes, feminist movie to grace our theatres in quite some time.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

A richly textured movie that demands a second viewing to comprehend it all.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
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Audience Reviews for Female Perversions

Aptly named, this film depicts several activities labeled perverse by society at large, yet through those revelations we come to understand the demons that Evelyn (Tilda Swinton) is facing down. Strong performances by Swinton and Amy Madigan, as her (younger? older?) sister, Madelyn propel the film. Both women are successful, Evelyn as an attorney being considered for a judgeship, and Madelyn as a doctoral candidate about to make her oral defense of her thesis, and both women get a less than enthusiastic response from their emotionally distant father when they try to share their news. Excellent use of dreams, fantasy, and flashback to help the viewer understand Evelyn's fragility and somewhat self-destructive behaviors. Good supporting cast, with only a couple of weak links, and an interesting side-story concerning a young girl struggling with identity issues helped to keep it from veering off into pure psycho-drama. Good to see Karen Sillas, a personal favorite in a small role here.
February 20, 2012
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