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Resolutely misguided without ever really crossing into "so bad it's good" territory, Tamara lacks even the cheap thrills promised by its premise.



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An unpopular high-school girl dies at the hands of her classmates when a cruel prank spins out of control, only to return from the land of the dead to seek revenge as a sexy seductress in this frightful feature from Final Destination screenwriter Jeffrey Reddick. Tamara was a quiet girl, and the cruelty of her classmates was relentless. As their disdain for their mousy classmate reaches a fever pitch, Tamara's sadistic classmates carry out a vicious practical joke that inadvertently results in the young outcast meeting her doom. Tamara isn't the kind to stay down forever though, and when the once-homely girl returns from beyond the grave with a killer new look and a body to die for, that's exactly what her tormentors are about to do.


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Critic Reviews for Tamara

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (9) | Rotten (19)

  • There are few words to describe the awfulness of this movie, but let's give it the old college try: dismal, depressing, embarrassing and utterly lacking in any artistic or social worth.

    Feb 17, 2006 | Rating: 0.5/4 | Full Review…
  • An entry into the cycle of avenging teen-girl pictures, in which the filmmakers try gamely to put a unique spin on familiar material, but eventually fall back on by-the-numbers tropes.

    Feb 16, 2006 | Full Review…

    Mark Olsen

    L.A. Weekly
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  • The film has its dubious pleasures.

    Feb 13, 2006
  • This indie death-feast, directed by Jeremy Haft and penned by Jeffrey Reddick (co-writer of Final Destination), was initially slated to debut on video. Watching it, you'll wonder why the distributor changed its plans.

    Feb 3, 2006 | Rating: 2/4
  • After a sly middle, the third act is just slasher-flick clichés; worse, it largely keeps Tamara offscreen. Villainy shouldn't be outsourced.

    Feb 3, 2006 | Rating: 2.5/4
  • A mediocre little thriller that might have promised cheap fun on Blockbuster's direct-to-DVD shelf is instead destined to die a quick death on the big screen.

    Feb 3, 2006 | Rating: 1.5/4

Audience Reviews for Tamara

  • Jun 19, 2011
    Not as good as the "Final Destination" films, but It's still a good horror flick with very disturbing\bloody moments.
    Jacob P Super Reviewer
  • Sep 17, 2010
    A good teen slasher horror film with plenty of gore and chills, and a solid performance by Jenna Dewan as a misfit high school student named Tamara Dewan who is longing for the forbidden love from a married teacher, through witchcraft she tries to put a love spell on him, but before she can carry that out, a terrible prank goes tragically wrong, and she killed by the group of fellow students who dislike her. They secretly bury her body in the deep woods, thinking that they have gotten away with it, scot-free, but Tamara comes back from the grave with deadly supernatural powers bent on revenge and death to all of her tormenters. She appears the next day at school to the horror of her murderers, no longer the homely girl they knew, she has transformed into a mini-skirt wearing, smoking hot, super sexy vixen. In one of the funniest payback scenes, Tamara gets even with two date-raping jocks by making them have sex with each other. She also gets back at her beer drinking low-life father who lusts for her, by making him eat beer bottles, swallowing the broken glass until he bleeds to death. A entertaining entry in the genre that is a cut above the usual low-rent horror trash, a well-crafted guilty pleasure. Recommended.
    Danny R Super Reviewer
  • May 18, 2010
    kinda stupid waste of time really but i really liked tamara
    Paul A Super Reviewer
  • Jan 16, 2010
    Highly flawed and yet somehow it manages to entertain. It's pretty much Carrie all over again, with a few tweaks here and there. Best of all is Jenna Dewan who does look incredible. I don't think she needed witchcraft to make people do what she wanted. There's also some scenes which aren't present in every slasher/horror. Most notably a rather gruesome self-mutilation. There are members of the cast you expect were cast for something other than their acting ability, but you'll also get some cheap thrills.
    Luke B Super Reviewer

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