Tamara Drewe
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Stephen Frears directed this comedy drama about an ugly duckling who's followed by a handful of suitors after maturing into a sexy swan. Tamara Drewe (Gemma Arterton) was born and raised in Ewedown, a quiet community on the outskirts of London dominated by a writer's colony run by Nicholas Hardiment (Roger Allam), a best-selling novelist who specializes in crime fiction, and his wife Beth (Tamsin Greig). When Tamara left Ewedown, she was a plain and awkward teenager, but when she returns home for the first time in years, the locals are surprised to discover that time (and a nose job)… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 66%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

""Tamara Drewe" is a wickedly smart hybrid of a literary roundelay and a postfeminist manifesto."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"The film lacks Frears' usual master touch; it often feels flat and self-conscious, in a way that the book never does."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"A judicious comic actor, Arterton plays the eponymous Tamara, who throws a small English village into a tizzy when she returns from London to put the family cottage on the market."
‑ Amy Taubin, Film Comment Magazine
"It's only as the narrative adopts an increasingly episodic feel that one's interest begins to wane..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"It doesn't hold together that well, but there are enough moments of wry inspiration to keep the movie more or less afloat."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"There's a whiff of desperation behind the comic romp Tamara Drewe that gives it some unexpected sting."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"While no one would celebrate Tamara Drewe as a great movie, it is a reliable dispenser of visual and erotic pleasures."
‑ Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
"The overripe Arterton is put on glorious display, but... there's little joy and not much romp in this cluttered sex farce."
‑ Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service
"It's a fine diversion filled with silly people following their silly desires."
‑ Eric D. Snider, EricDSnider.com
"full review at Movies for the Masses"
‑ Joseph Proimakis, Movies for the Masses
"This screen adaptation by director Stephen Frears successfully re-creates the strip's pastoral tone and cheeky humor."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"You know where you're going in territory that's actually more Jane Austen than Hardy, but Frears makes the most of the many bumps and twists."
‑ Kate Taylor, Globe and Mail
"Frears' loose-limbed film, while warm and fitfully witty, feels consistently and steadfastly like less than the sum of its parts."
‑ Brent Simon, Shared Darkness
"Frears' screen version slightly coarsens Simmonds' wit and softens her sharpness, but even if his film manages to be more cartoony than the original cartoons, it remains hugely enjoyable."
‑ Jason Best, Movie Talk
"Starts with great wit and then dissipates into a hazy episodic mess"
‑ Marc Fennell, Triple J
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