Adore (2013)

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Critic Consensus: Naomi Watts and Robin Wright give it their all, but they can't quite make Adore's trashy, absurd plot believable.


Movie Info

Set in an Australian seaside town of otherworldly beauty and shot in lush 35mm Cinemascope, ADORE establishes an aura of fable as it follows two women's plunge into uncharted waters. Watts and Wright fearlessly engage with both the physical and psychological components of the story, capturing the complex emotions and powerful desires driving their characters. Strong performances from relative newcomers Xavier Samuel (THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE) and James Frecheville (ANIMAL KINGDOM) complement … More

Rating: R (for sexual content and language)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: Doris Lessing, Christopher Hampton
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 10, 2013
Box Office: $0.3M
Runtime:
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Cast


as Hannah

as Saul

as Young Roz

as Young Lil

as Young Tom

as Roz's Granddaughter

as Young Ian

as Lil's Granddaughter

as Theatre Director

as Oswald

as Mrs. Alving

as Western Yachts Assis...

as Clergyman

as Western Yachts Assis...
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Critic Reviews for Adore

All Critics (71) | Top Critics (29)

With its soap-operatic performances, bonkbuster plotline and sparkling seafront setting, all 'Adore' really lacks is a cameo from Alf Stewart

Full Review… | October 10, 2013
Time Out
Top Critic

Would Fontaine have made this film if the mothers looked like and were as old as Barbra Streisand and Kathy Bates and the sons weren't built like surfers? Of course not.

Full Review… | October 4, 2013
Grantland
Top Critic

This isn't an Oedipus complex. This is a Preposterous complex.

Full Review… | September 19, 2013
Miami Herald
Top Critic

Cast actresses with the skills that Naomi Watts and Robin Wright bring, give their obliviously icky story some arthouse visual lyricism, and you've got "Adore."

Full Review… | September 12, 2013
Boston Globe
Top Critic

This film needed serious judgment: someone to rewrite the underwritten draft of the script and to have a firmer opinion on these terribly unappealing characters

Full Review… | January 19, 2014
Impulse Gamer

There's more depth and feeling to the admittedly provocative premise of this twisted sexual drama than you might expect...It's the excoriating payoff to the story that makes Adoration a cautionary tale with a major sting.

Full Review… | November 21, 2013

Audience Reviews for Adore

Very hard movie to review, this one. Reading that it is a French production does go part of the way to explain it - definitely this style of movie and storyline is something I would expect from a French movie. Coming from Australia, it was a bit of a surprise!
First of all, have to say the movie looks great with the seaside setting. Cast were also all good.
While I wouldn't say I liked the story exactly, it certainly did keep me watching to see how much worse it could get.
These four people really did live in their own little world. I'm not sure it could happen exactly like this in real life - I could imagine one of the boys going for an older woman, but both?! And the women being like second mums to each boy made it that step harder to believe. Some random who looks good for her age, sure - someone who probably changed your nappy at one stage? Not so much....
And then to actually BE one of these boys mums and know what your son was up to with your best friend. Sure, they struggle with that, for about 10 minutes before shrugging it off as " well, I'm doing it too". Would that seriously happen?
I felt really sorry for the wives at the end and the kids, but I think it ended how it should.
Beautifully filmed and paced and well worth a watch, but I don't think it will be for everyone.

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Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

An insufferably dull film that is so moralist it is embarrassing, and it lacks any sense of direction or real conflict beyond an awkward, preposterous premise, proving to be so completely clueless about its purpose that it does not even care to offer a proper end to the story.

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Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer

A Story About Common Interests.

Decent Film! ADORE could have turned out really cheesy, but the very real characters, along with a nice blend of funny and sad moods, fitting soundtrack, and pretty Australian beach scenery keep it from becoming so. Fine performances by all the major players. Though more character and conflict development may seem needed at first, we get to know everyone and everything gradually, and the fact that they are all just fairly "normal" people is pivotal. Not the greatest script, but it's nothing if not realistic. But the tone of the film, as it unfolds, seems to almost turn it into a morality tale, suggesting these women brought difficulties and grief on themselves through their indulgent behavior. They experience joy for a time, but it comes at a great cost. Most women don't take up with their best friend's son for very good reasons. Yes it's predictable and fairly generic, but honestly I'd say it's quite hard to exactly hit generic these days, and this film does it. In short, you'll like it if you like softcore romance novels.

Lil (Naomi Watts) and Roz (Robin Wright) are two lifelong friends, having grown up together as neighbors in an idyllic beach town. As adults, their sons have developed a friendship as strong as that which binds their mothers. One summer, all four are confronted by simmering emotions that have been mounting between them, and each find unexpected happiness in relationships that cross the bounds of convention.

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Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

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