Tamara Drewe Reviews

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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
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Tom Long
Detroit News
November 12, 2010
There's a whiff of desperation behind the comic romp Tamara Drewe that gives it some unexpected sting.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
November 12, 2010
This screen adaptation by director Stephen Frears successfully re-creates the strip's pastoral tone and cheeky humor.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
November 4, 2010
The film lacks Frears' usual master touch; it often feels flat and self-conscious, in a way that the book never does.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
November 4, 2010
While no one would celebrate Tamara Drewe as a great movie, it is a reliable dispenser of visual and erotic pleasures.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kate Taylor
Globe and Mail
October 29, 2010
You know where you're going in territory that's actually more Jane Austen than Hardy, but Frears makes the most of the many bumps and twists.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
October 28, 2010
Caught midway between literary genres, the film lacks the literary sheen of Hardy and the darker comic impulses of Simmonds.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
October 22, 2010
Erotic comedies are often attempted but rarely realized. Tamara Drewe is proof that sexy and funny need not be mutually exclusive.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
October 22, 2010
Tamara Drewe is one in a million.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
October 21, 2010
A bucolic romp set in a strikingly picturesque spot in England's Dorset County, it has its moments of charm. But the clever comedy it promises never really materializes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
October 21, 2010
Go through your mental checklist of what you want in a romantic comedy-drama: novel plotting, characters to care about, witty dialogue, bull's-eye casting, nimble direction, green and pleasant locales, a lack of falling-in-love montages.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
October 21, 2010
Here and there, tentatively, Frears and his design team approximate the pictorial flourishes of the graphic novel. But the ensemble appears to be guessing, much of the time, at a proper performance pitch.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 21, 2010
Tamara Drewe is one of those British comedies in which, one way or another, we envy all of the characters -- even, briefly, the one run over by stampeding cows.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
October 14, 2010
Don't let the English accents fool you - the characters are as thin as cartoons.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
October 14, 2010
Tamara Drewe is a frolic that keeps tripping over its own gorgeous feet.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
October 14, 2010
There's not even any biting satire on social mores or anything else. The laughs are as broad as the scenery is picturesque. The characters are types but the whole experience is agreeable enough.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
October 8, 2010
It does not insult the intelligence of the audience -- on the contrary, it flatters the viewer's sense of sophistication without being at all esoteric or difficult -- and it is refreshingly candid about sex.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
October 8, 2010
I surrendered midway through to the film, to the wayward torque of its plot and the near-perfect pitch of its acting ensemble.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
October 8, 2010
A real old-fashioned crowd-pleaser.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
October 7, 2010
Tamara Drewe makes a strong case for rhinoplasty, and a stronger one for the pleasures of comedy.
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
October 7, 2010
The whole thing more a vibrant mess than something comically disarming.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Noel Murray
AV Club
October 7, 2010
While Tamara Drew is enjoyable throughout -- right up to its loony, loony ending -- it's more than a little scattered.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
October 6, 2010
It makes a few quirky nods toward artistry, but it's really just a glib concoction.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
October 6, 2010
Strikingly picturesque locations and a terrific ensemble cast help this tonally inconsistent adaptation of Posy Simmonds's comic series pass by with relative ease, though it leaves a very peculiar aftertaste.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
October 5, 2010
As directed by old pro Stephen Frears, the film is an ensemble affair, akin to a weekend-party comedy.
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Wally Hammond
Time Out
September 8, 2010
The dullness of British mainstream cinema is epitomised by this Stephen Frears -- didn't he used to be an auteur? -- adaptation of Posy Simmonds's gently teasing 2005-2007 Guardian comic strip about rural goings-on.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Ray Bennett
Hollywood Reporter
July 6, 2010
Bright and amusing comedy about the foibles and loves of writers in bucolic Hardy country.
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Leslie Felperin
Variety
July 6, 2010
The return of a native-born femme to the rural village she grew up in stirs up dormant longings, resulting in romantic muddle and stampeding cows in amusing social comedy Tamara Drewe.