The Dressmaker Reviews

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June 21, 2019
'The Dressmaker' needs some alterations.
August 27, 2018
The Dressmaker wagers that its audience might only get out to see one film in theaters this year, so it should cram all the genres they love into its two-hour runtime.
October 26, 2017
I loved the idea -- and indeed its stunning visualisation... but that's not enough to sustain a film that is criminally overlong and wastes several opportunities to come to a close. Winslet, however, is fab.
September 20, 2017
Without Kate Winslet's on-screen presence, this small, quirky Australian film is unlikely to gain any traction.
September 11, 2017
When a movie invites you to question its very reason for being, there's something wrong in the design.
March 23, 2017
Is The Dressmaker a comedy? Or a tragedy? It tries to be both, and ends up being neither.
November 7, 2016
Imagine Amelie, but starring Clint Eastwood in drag.
October 14, 2016
The oddball characters, the black humor, the sudden bursts of violence - it all seems to be going well, until the film veers into gooey melodrama. It's like a perfectly-tailored suit that unexpectedly starts fraying at the seams.
October 7, 2016
While Moorhouse pulls off some quirky comic sequences, she can't quite corral the story's expanding slate of characters and tearaway themes.
October 6, 2016
September 30, 2016
It is a slow-motion trainwreck of a movie.
Top Critic
September 28, 2016
Whatever were they smoking?
September 26, 2016
It's difficult to sympathize with any of these characters through the awkward shifts in tone.
September 26, 2016
Winslet and Davis may be great together, but the movie spends so much time on so many other characters that this one outstanding element of the film is forced to take a backseat to a series of asides.
September 23, 2016
In the end, the characters are all dressed up with nowhere funny or interesting to go.
September 23, 2016
Kate Winslet can do anything ... except save this movie from quirky overkill.
September 23, 2016
The film has so many moodswings that watching it induces whiplash, and just about everybody in it, from Winslet on down to Judy Davis, playing the dressmaker's crotchety mother, flagrantly overdoes it.
September 22, 2016
More often the intrusions of the comic on the dramatic aren't so much offensive as merely strange, which nevertheless torpedoes any hope of the audience taking this very seriously.
Top Critic
September 22, 2016
This confused and overlong film inhabits a world of caustic darkness that not even an expert seamstress could patch over with silly pratfalls.
September 22, 2016
[T]he movie's inability to make up its mind on an approach sinks it.
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