Hideous Kinky
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Gillies MacKinnon directed this $5.6 million production with a screenplay by his brother, Billy MacKinnon. The film adapts the 1992 autobiographical novel by Esther Freud (Sigmund Freud's granddaughter) about hippie misadventures in North Africa in 1972, as described by a five-year-old girl. Disenchanted with the dreary conventions of English life, 25-year-old Julia (Kate Winslet) heads for Morocco with her children, six-year-old Lucy (Carrie Mullan) and precocious eight-year-old Bea (Bella Riza). Living at a low-rent Marrakesh hotel, the trio survives on the sale of hand-sewn dolls and a… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 65%

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"The fusion of dream sequences and evocative landscapes makes the characters' feverish sense of living at the edge of reality contagious."
‑ Lisa Alspector, Chicago Reader
"MacKinnon draws terrific performances from all involved (Winslet bravely refusing to court our sympathies), lets character, mood and meaning take precedence over story, and assembles a great music track as a bonus. Spot on."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"The film's gradual slide into a darker vision of the casual selfishness and presumption that often lay at the heart of Westerners' mind-bending journeys to the East is subtle and quietly devastating."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Gillies MacKinnon spins Esther Freud's autobiographical novel into an intriguing, somewhat muddled tale of escapism and revelation."
‑ Mark Halverson, Sacramento News & Review
"Whilst one somewhat empathises with the woman who tells Winslet's character that she's selfish and crazy for bringing up two English girls in a wild, African country, one also can't help but envy the children's experiences."
‑ Ilana Lindsey, Film Threat
"Kate Winslet, luscious in a brilliantly colored caftan and flushed from the heat of an African sun, makes a beautiful hippie, circa 1972, in Hideous Kinky."
‑ Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
"It augurs well for the long-term integrity of her career that Winslet in this movie doesn't try to ingratiate herself with the audience."
‑ Peter Rainer, New York Magazine/Vulture
"It presents a dull life amid colourful surroundings."
‑ , Film4
"It seems to please the Baby Boomer generation, but it didn't please me."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Hideous Kinky is neither hideous nor kinky. It's also not terribly interesting."
‑ Eric D. Snider, EricDSnider.com
"Kate Winslet continues an uninterrupted line of fine performances with the modest yet affecting Hideous Kinky."
‑ Lisa Nesselson, Variety
"While there are all the usual misadventures and colorful characters, the mother/daughter and sister/sister bonds form the gel that holds everything together and gives Hideous Kinky a unique identity."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"A picturesque travelogue of some substance."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"Winslet is terrific as a mother whose quest for spiritual enlightenment comes at the expense of her family."
‑ Dan Lybarger, Nitrate Online
"This is a film about the luxury of being non-judgmental, of spiritual generosity before it's shrunken by diminished expectations. Hideous Kinky recovers that fragile state of mind and vindicates its innocence."
‑ Peter Keough, Boston Phoenix
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