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New Zealand-born filmmaker Jane Campion directs the darkly humorous family drama Sweetie. Thin and mousy Kay (Karen Colson) works in a factory and lives a dreary existence with her well-meaning boyfriend, Louis (Tom Lycos). One day, her sister Dawn (Genevieve Lemon) arrives with her so-called manager, Bob (Michael Lake). Nicknamed Sweetie, Dawn is everything Kay is not: boisterous, impulsive, and overweight. Kay is consumed with uptight phobias, while Dawn hangs on to her unrealistic childhood dreams of show business. Meanwhile, their parents, Gordon (Jon Darling) and Flo (Dorothy Barry), are… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's hard to sum up Sweetie, which happens to be one of the movie's strengths."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"[Jane Campion's] first full-fledged, no-doubt-about-it, stone-cold masterpiece."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"A strong early effort from Jane Campion."
‑ Rob Vaux, Flipside Movie Emporium
"Jane Camion's stunning feature debut is a bold and audacious dark comedy about sexual politics and dysfunctional family relations."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"a helter skelter ride through the offbeat life of a suburban Australian family whose youngest daughter is 'abnormal'"
‑ Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile
"A sometimes gripping, sometimes funny, and sometimes maddening portrait of a family that cannot deal with their internal problems."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
"...a highly visual domestic horror film, a sui generis experience"
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"The director manages to sustain the film's quirky emotional tone, much more important than sustaining a plot."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
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