Tamara Drewe Reviews

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Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
May 3, 2015
The project has a slapdash, good-enough-for-government work feel to it.
Amy Taubin
Film Comment Magazine
July 12, 2013
A judicious comic actor, Arterton plays the eponymous Tamara, who throws a small English village into a tizzy when she returns from London to put the family cottage on the market.
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
January 16, 2013
The overripe Arterton is put on glorious display, but... there's little joy and not much romp in this cluttered sex farce.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
May 15, 2012
Frears' loose-limbed film, while warm and fitfully witty, feels consistently and steadfastly like less than the sum of its parts.
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
November 2, 2011
It's only as the narrative adopts an increasingly episodic feel that one's interest begins to wane...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
April 4, 2011
It's a fine diversion filled with silly people following their silly desires.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Jason Best
Movie Talk
March 28, 2011
Frears' screen version slightly coarsens Simmonds' wit and softens her sharpness, but even if his film manages to be more cartoony than the original cartoons, it remains hugely enjoyable.
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
March 4, 2011
It doesn't hold together that well, but there are enough moments of wry inspiration to keep the movie more or less afloat.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
March 1, 2011
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Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Marc Fennell
Triple J
March 1, 2011
Starts with great wit and then dissipates into a hazy episodic mess
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Sean Axmaker
MSN.com
February 13, 2011
[Stephen] Frears brings a light touch and a knowing compassion to this pastoral romantic farce...
Julie Rigg
MovieTime, ABC Radio National
February 4, 2011
The literary set pieces and the rock legend versus teenage stalkers are great fun. Watch for some excellent Thomas Hardy jokes. Episodic but diverting.
Peter Galvin
sbs.com.au
February 3, 2011
The characters are silly, self-centred and mindless in their pursuit of satisfaction and, of course, that's absolutely forgivable since it's all too human. But Frears seems to want to 'say something' about modern sexuality in an age of cyber bullying.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Leigh Paatsch
Herald Sun (Australia)
February 3, 2011
Stephen Frears drapes Tamara Drewe over the screen like a patchwork quilt of half-finished comic sketches and pointless sub-plots.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Jim Schembri
The Age (Australia)
February 2, 2011
Frears' broader aim is to fully chart the daisy chain of consequences set in train by bad moral behaviour, a theme that has proved a favourite of his and which he prosecutes here with very satisfying results.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Philippa Hawker
The Age (Australia)
February 2, 2011
There's something about the desperation of Jody that gives the film its most uncomfortable and surprising moments. Otherwise, it's a bit of a stroll down familiar paths.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Sandra Hall
Sydney Morning Herald
February 1, 2011
Good-natured as it is, it isn't nearly witty enough to justify the efforts of Frears's gifted cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Clem Bastow
The Vine
February 1, 2011
As these alternately unpleasant and unfortunate souls churn about in their bucolically-set burlesque, the impression is that director Stephen Frears was out to lunch and instead employed the Scary Movie team to make English Sex Farce Movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Belinda Hazleton
FILMINK (Australia)
February 1, 2011
While beautifully shot, this film never seems to work as its characters are unbelievable and it shifts uneasily between comedy and drama.
Simon Miraudo
Quickflix
January 31, 2011
The film's blustery sexual mishaps and misunderstandings become a bit too cute as the film chugs to its 111th minute; not even a comically violent twist in the final act could resuscitate interest.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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