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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 Watts and Wright's and add another layer of intricacy to the story. Under the precise gaze of… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 31%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"With its soap-operatic performances, bonkbuster plotline and sparkling seafront setting, all 'Adore' really lacks is a cameo from Alf Stewart"
‑ Tom Huddleston, Time Out
"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.""
‑ Tom Russo, Boston Globe
"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"
‑ Damien Straker, Impulse Gamer
"Viewed again, far from the madding crowd and general hoo-ha of Sundance, it stands up much better than expected."
‑ Ed Gibbs, The Sunday Age
"The film never musters the humor nor the sex appeal to carry off its study of ultra-Freudian arrested development."
‑ Sarah Mankoff, Film Comment Magazine
"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."
‑ Wesley Morris, Grantland
"Adore is, as my late mother would say in describing Sidney Sheldon novels, good trash."
‑ Christy Lemire,
"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."
‑ Jim Schembri, 3AW
"Their world seems to hover between their own fantasy and the castrated culture which Fontaine creates. A nothingness envelops them"
‑ Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile
"Adore is just completely absurd and melodramatic, where major things happen to our protagonists and they just brush it off."
‑ Stefan Pape, HeyUGuys
"This isn't an Oedipus complex. This is a Preposterous complex."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"An exceedingly silly, sun-baked sex movie, the kind of import that adds just enough brains to its genitals to get into U.S. arthouses. (In the '70s, the mothers would have been played by Laura Antonelli and Sylvia Kristel.)"
‑ Alonso Duralde, TheWrap
"The worst part of Adoration was when I returned to my car and had to pay for my parking, realising that the awfulness of the movie actually took a quantifiable toll on my life: 111 minutes, and $8.50."
‑ Simon Miraudo, Quickflix
"Melodramatic with a plot more suited to a TV soapie, Christopher Hampton's adaptation of Doris Lessing's 2003 novella The Grandmothers is overblown and totally unbelievable"
‑ Louise Keller, Urban Cinefile
"Fontaine has trouble balancing the complexities. Both women express a world of conflicting emotions in their gazes, but the younger men seem lost in their roles."
‑ Jay Stone,
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