Tamara Drewe


Tamara Drewe

Critics Consensus

A robust comedic cast and Stephen Frears' gift for satire elevate Tamara Drewe's slight scenario into a tart treat.



Total Count: 124


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User Ratings: 9,385
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When Tamara Drewe sashays back to the bucolic village of her youth, life for the locals is thrown tail over teakettle. Tamara -- once an ugly duckling -- has been transformed into a devastating beauty (with help from plastic surgery). As infatuations, jealousies, love affairs and career ambitions collide among the inhabitants of the neighboring farmsteads, Tamara sets a contemporary comedy of manners into play using the oldest magic in the book-sex appeal.

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Gemma Arterton
as Tamara Drewe
Roger Allam
as Nicholas Hardiment
Bill Camp
as Glen McCreavy
Dominic Cooper
as Ben Sergeant
Luke Evans
as Andy Cobb
Tamsin Greig
as Beth Hardiment
Jessica Barden
as Jody Long
James Naughtie
as Interviewer
John Bett
as Diggory
Susan Wooldridge
as Penny Upminster
Zahra Ahmadi
as Nadia Patel
Alex Kelly
as Jody's Mum
Emily Bruni
as Caitlin
Lola Frears
as Poppy Hardiment
Tom Allen
as Vintner
Patricia Quinn
as Posh Hippy
Walter Hall
as Army Geek
Joel Fry
as Steve Culley
Lois Winstone
as Fran Redmond
Nathan Cooper
as 'Swipe' Band Member
Benjamin Todd
as 'Swipe' Band Member
Albert Clark
as Boss the Dog
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Audience Reviews for Tamara Drewe

  • Aug 03, 2018
    A messy dramedy that doesn't understand its own characters, their motivations or why they do what they do, and so nearly everything looks fake and implausible here, with a bunch of people changing their minds at every second in the kind of flat plot that you find in soap operas.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • May 28, 2015
    Somehow this thing is supposed to be a spin on Far From the Madding Crowd but except for the merest passing references it bears no semblance to that story.
    jay n Super Reviewer
  • Oct 08, 2013
    Tamara Drewe returns to her hometown a changed woman and what a change! A little cosmetic surgery and an impeccable fashion sense has turned the former ugly duckling into the proverbial swan who turns the heads of the local swains. Adapted from a graphic novel by Posy Simmonds, the film claims to be a faithful rendering of the story. Interesting characters, a drop dead gorgeous Gemma Arterton, and an interesting romantic comedy arc made this a decent watch. However, a few plot holes left this viewer slightly dissatisfied. This film constitutes part two of a mini Gemma festival. I am hooked. I just love her fresh face and her bubbly approach to life. The extras on the NF disc include the standard "Making of.." featurette, and a discussion with the director and Gemma on how the source material became the film.
    Mark A Super Reviewer
  • Jul 04, 2012
    I loved it and not just for that scene where Gemma Arterton parades around in short shorts. The characters are rich and complicated and work well off of one another. A treat.
    John B Super Reviewer

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