Beautiful Kate
Beautiful Kate (2009)

Celebrated British-born actress Rachel Ward (The Thorn Birds, Against All Odds) makes her feature directorial debut with this unique and occasionally provocative drama, featuring longtime husband Bryan Brown and produced in Brown's… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: November 7, 2009
DVD Release Date: December 21, 2010
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Critic Score: 83% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews

Although it presents itself as a bastion of haunting thoughtfulness and a target of controversy, Beautiful Kate offers nothing more than familiar themes seen in plenty of Australian films before it.

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Laura Bushell
Little White Lies

Beautifully acted and shot, this isn't comforting cinema but is bold and haunting, marking Ward out as a director of note.

Allan Hunter
Daily Express (UK)

Draws strong performances from a well-chosen ensemble cast.

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Sophie Ivan

A stylish and intriguing debut from Rachel Ward. However, despite its good looks, this film ulimately has little to say for itself.

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David Parkinson
Radio Times

A skilfully modulated drama that moves between timeframes and emotional pitches with assurance.

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Alistair Harkness

The film is little more than an exercise in killing time until the inevitable scenes of tearful, shame-faced reconciliation.

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David Edwards
Daily Mirror (UK)

A pedestrian Australian drama that's big on scenery and long, meaningful silences but short on story.

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Tim Evans
Sky Cinema

Not the easiest of watches but remains compelling thanks to Mendelsohn's sure evocation of a man whose life has been buffeted by the past.

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Angie Errigo
Empire Magazine

A powerful tale of forbidden love, isolation and making peace with the past. Beautiful Kate is truly hypnotic.

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Flixster Audience Score: 63% Flixster User Reviews
EightThirty .
03/02/2011 (ONLINE) An excellent drama that stirred me the wrong way... I'm puzzled, and to think that this is suppose to disgust me didn't, well, in… More
Walter M.
In "Beautiful Kate," Ned(Ben Mendelsohn) travels to the outback to visit his long-estranged father Bruce(Bryan Brown) with his much younger… More
Nicki Marie
Wow, this was a dark movie. Definitely not for all tastes, and a little slow to get moving, but once the family secrets started to come out, just enthralling.… More
Panta Oz
Very brave subject of incest in the Australian bush... Enjoy every minute of it!
Dean McKenna
This Aussie drama of Rachel Ward's debut directional motion picture is interesting about a family so dysfunctional that you need another word for it. When… More
Robert Fearon
Beautiful Kate is nicely shot, but the film fails to use the confronting material to go anywhere interesting.