Tamara Drewe Reviews

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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.

Daily Telegraph
January 22, 2013
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

Empire Magazine
January 22, 2013
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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.
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.
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
March 1, 2011
full review at Movies for the Masses
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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.
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
Alice Tynan
Concrete Playground
January 31, 2011
Spirited, sexy and stacked with laughs - both light and delightfully dark - Tamara Drewe is a must-see modern day period comedy, with smarts.
January 26, 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 | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
December 17, 2010
"Tamara Drewe" is a wickedly smart hybrid of a literary roundelay and a postfeminist manifesto.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Christopher Lloyd
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
December 9, 2010
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 | Original Score: 4/5
William Goss
Orlando Weekly
December 8, 2010
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.
Steve Persall
Tampa Bay Times
December 8, 2010
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 | Original Score: B
Chris Foran
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
December 2, 2010
Always engaging, if disjointed, and dotted with pleasant surprises.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
November 18, 2010
... as invigorating as a year in the airy, earthy English country.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

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