The Dressmaker Reviews

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September 30, 2016
There's plenty to admire here, especially if your taste is tailored to the unusual.
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September 28, 2016
Whatever were they smoking?
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.
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September 23, 2016
The second Winslet sets her sewing machine on the ground and snarls, "I'm back, you bastards," we're delighted to hear we're in for something fun.
September 23, 2016
Positively explodes with a surfeit of pent-up creative energy that unfortunately doesn't know when to stop.
September 22, 2016
There are giggles to be had -- especially given the talents of cast members like Winslet, Davis, Hemsworth and Weaving -- but the laughs are not quite plentiful enough to make up for its awkward contrivances.
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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
Unfortunately, and despite its promising start, "The Dressmaker" doesn't move much beyond the level of well-costumed playacting.
September 22, 2016
The Dressmaker may be a revenge comedy, but it never quite conforms to our expectations of what that should mean. And that seems to be exactly how Moorhouse wants it.
September 22, 2016
The Titanic is now the second-biggest disaster Kate Winslet has ever been associated with.
September 22, 2016
The tone repeatedly flips from quirky to woeful. The costumes are gorgeous, though.
September 22, 2016
Emotionally garbled.
September 22, 2016
Overplotted, undercooked and extremely well-dressed, "The Dressmaker" has style to burn, but it has a mean streak as wide as the Outback.
September 22, 2016
Winslet and Davis salvage what they can from the movie - a heroic effort, almost, making it a fun trifle, albeit one with some deadly serious overtones.
September 22, 2016
Perhaps it's meant to be somehow mythic, but mostly The Dressmaker is just cruel.
September 22, 2016
It might not all flow, but between Winslet and castmate Judy Davis's various spitfire moments and some potent dark turns, there's a fair amount to like.
September 22, 2016
Tonal inconsistencies sink "The Dressmaker," and the same applies to Winslet's character.
September 22, 2016
The film is most successful when it's playing dress-up, less so when the comedy goes black, and worst off when it attempts melodrama.
September 21, 2016
What starts as a cheeky lark about bad reputations and snazzy transformations never really gels into something truly funny or even appetizingly weird.
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