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Tamara Drewe Reviews

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Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile

The great and talented Stephen Frears has somehow taken on a project that isn't really worthy of him

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

January 28, 2011
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile

Part of the problem is the fact that apart from Evans' Andy, we really don't like the characters

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

January 28, 2011

Tamara Drewe's general lack of cheesiness manages to make it a fun summer film that doesn't take itself too seriously.

Full Review Source: Moviedex | Original Score: 3/5

January 26, 2011
Sarah Boslaugh

...looks like the pilot for a television series stretched to almost two hours and provided with a healthy cinematography budget, but not much in the way of a script.

Full Review Source: Playback:stl | Original Score: 4/10

December 17, 2010
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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"Tamara Drewe" is a wickedly smart hybrid of a literary roundelay and a postfeminist manifesto.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 3/4

December 17, 2010
Clint O'Connor
Cleveland Plain Dealer

A bland bed-hopping comedy that never finds its narrative focus.

Full Review Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer | Original Score: C

December 10, 2010
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

meandering, slack-key movie based on a graphic novel ... an enjoyably forgettable experience that glides over you like a maddeningly inane Europop song.

Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Original Score: 83/100

December 10, 2010
Christopher Lloyd
Sarasota Herald-Tribune

It succeeds as a comedy of manners and observation, though it errs in presenting us with a wide array of interesting characters, and then selecting the least compelling among them to drive the story.

Full Review Source: Sarasota Herald-Tribune | Original Score: 4/5

December 9, 2010
William Goss
Orlando Weekly

A better Woody Allen movie than Allen's most recent one, Tamara Drewe is a farce in line (if not on par) with Shakespeare's own, as daffy adults fall in and out of love and lust in a bucolic English hamlet.

Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly

December 8, 2010
Steve Persall
Tampa Bay Times

The cast is delightful, although Arterton's role is defined by seductive smiles and the rise of her cut-off shorts. Allam and Cooper are standouts, creating hormonally despicable characters getting more of Tamara's attention than they deserve.

Full Review Source: Tampa Bay Times | Original Score: B

December 8, 2010
Keith Cohen
Entertainment Spectrum

This instantly forgettable soap opera strings together infatuations, jealousies and love affairs. Everybody gets in the act of...

Full Review Source: Entertainment Spectrum | Original Score: 2/4

December 4, 2010
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Despite her cheeky introduction in short-shorts that might have embarrassed Catherine Bach, Tamara proves to be the most tedious character in her own movie...

Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN) | Original Score: 2/4

December 3, 2010
Chris Foran
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Always engaging, if disjointed, and dotted with pleasant surprises.

Full Review Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Original Score: 3/4

December 2, 2010
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star

Diverting but not terribly compelling.

Full Review Source: Kansas City Star | Original Score: 2/4

December 2, 2010
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly

Has the disjointed, episodic feel of a serialized story condensed into a feature film.

Full Review Source: Las Vegas Weekly | Original Score: 2.5/5

December 2, 2010
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review

... as invigorating as a year in the airy, earthy English country.

Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 4/5

November 18, 2010
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Observed with keen wit and a wicked sense of humor that's never utterly cruel, since it's impossible not to conclude that Frears can't help but like these absurd characters.

Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) | Original Score: 4.5/5

November 17, 2010
Tom Long
Detroit News
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There's a whiff of desperation behind the comic romp Tamara Drewe that gives it some unexpected sting.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: B

November 12, 2010
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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This screen adaptation by director Stephen Frears successfully re-creates the strip's pastoral tone and cheeky humor.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

November 12, 2010
Kimberley Jones
Austin Chronicle

Tamara Drewe's revolving affairs may be the film's raison d'Ítre, but it plays like kids' stuff compared to their adult romancing -- frumpy and halting and more true to life than the rest of the film's forced fancifulness.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 2/5

November 12, 2010
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