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Hideous Kinky (1998)



Average Rating: 6.9/10
Critic Reviews: 12
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 3

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Gillies MacKinnon directed this $5.6 million production with a screenplay by his brother, Billy MacKinnon. The film adapts the 1992 autobiographical novel by Esther Freud (Sigmund Freud's granddaughter) about hippie misadventures in North Africa in 1972, as described by a five-year-old girl. Disenchanted with the dreary conventions of English life, 25-year-old Julia (Kate Winslet) heads for Morocco with her children, six-year-old Lucy (Carrie Mullan) and precocious eight-year-old Bea (Bella



Oct 26, 1999

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

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All Critics (55) | Top Critics (12) | Fresh (34) | Rotten (18) | DVD (3)

The fusion of dream sequences and evocative landscapes makes the characters' feverish sense of living at the edge of reality contagious.

April 27, 2012 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Kate Winslet, luscious in a brilliantly colored caftan and flushed from the heat of an African sun, makes a beautiful hippie, circa 1972, in Hideous Kinky.

September 7, 2011 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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Kate Winslet continues an uninterrupted line of fine performances with the modest yet affecting Hideous Kinky.

March 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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MacKinnon draws terrific performances from all involved (Winslet bravely refusing to court our sympathies), lets character, mood and meaning take precedence over story, and assembles a great music track as a bonus. Spot on.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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It augurs well for the long-term integrity of her career that Winslet in this movie doesn't try to ingratiate herself with the audience.

August 7, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture
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While there are all the usual misadventures and colorful characters, the mother/daughter and sister/sister bonds form the gel that holds everything together and gives Hideous Kinky a unique identity.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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The film's gradual slide into a darker vision of the casual selfishness and presumption that often lay at the heart of Westerners' mind-bending journeys to the East is subtle and quietly devastating.

April 27, 2012 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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It presents a dull life amid colourful surroundings.

April 27, 2012 Full Review Source: Film4

A picturesque travelogue of some substance.

October 11, 2009 Full Review Source:

Gillies MacKinnon spins Esther Freud's autobiographical novel into an intriguing, somewhat muddled tale of escapism and revelation.

August 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

It seems to please the Baby Boomer generation, but it didn't please me.

May 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Winslet is terrific as a mother whose quest for spiritual enlightenment comes at the expense of her family.

March 12, 2005
Nitrate Online

Whilst one somewhat empathises with the woman who tells Winslet's character that she's selfish and crazy for bringing up two English girls in a wild, African country, one also can't help but envy the children's experiences.

December 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Hideous Kinky is neither hideous nor kinky. It's also not terribly interesting.

September 18, 2002 Full Review Source:

This is a film about the luxury of being non-judgmental, of spiritual generosity before it's shrunken by diminished expectations. Hideous Kinky recovers that fragile state of mind and vindicates its innocence.

March 24, 2002 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

Gillies MacKinnon is one of those stimulating film-makers who hates to repeat himself.

March 5, 2002 Full Review Source: Sight and Sound
Sight and Sound

A cross-cultural gem that is spiked with superb performances, colorful characters, and one of the great closing sequences in recent memory.

March 4, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

The title and the movie are a perfectly matched pair. Both are pretentious, and neither makes any sense.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

Pretty but parched.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

Winslet's acting is a wonder to behold, but despite her half- hearted attempts at going native, she makes suspending belief a difficult task.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Compuserve

Although the images are sometimes quite compelling, the threadbare story never is.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
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Audience Reviews for Hideous Kinky

I liked the story and thought Kate Winslet was great as always. The Moroccan scenery was beautiful and is what I enjoyed most about the film. The kids I found annoying and I still don't get what Hideous Kinky really is but I thought is was good, if not a little over acted.
July 26, 2013

Super Reviewer

I enjoyed the movie. I watched it a while ago so I don't have much to offer. I remember thinking that it was very pretty. The young girls were adorable.
January 11, 2010

Super Reviewer

An enjoyable performance by Kate Winslett, who plays the part of a hippie mother living in Marrakesh with her two daughters, struggling to earn money from day to day.

This drama was a little slow moving and not hugely exciting yet enjoyable and intriguing and an opportunity to delve into a new culture.
October 3, 2008

Super Reviewer

The only highlights of Hideous Kinky were a shot of Kate Winslet's boobs and a few slightly amusing scenes. Not anything to base an entire movie off of. Actually that shot wasn't even that flattering, the more I think about it. Mainly the movie just wanders around forever like it took some bad acid and woke up 3 states away.
December 24, 2007

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