Sweetie (1989)

Jane Campion's first film, Sweetie, is the bizarre story about two sisters, Kay (Karen Colston) and Sweetie (Genevieve Lemon). At the beginning of the film, Kay is tentatively beginning an affair with a young man, when Sweetie---her… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 10, 1989
DVD Release Date: October 24, 2006
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Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Desson Thomson
Washington Post

It's hard to sum up Sweetie, which happens to be one of the movie's strengths.

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

...a highly visual domestic horror film, a sui generis experience

Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

The director manages to sustain the film's quirky emotional tone, much more important than sustaining a plot.

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Cole Smithey

'Sweetie' is a rich black comedy told in dominant chords. When it resolves to minor, you can't help but be swept away.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

[Jane Campion's] first full-fledged, no-doubt-about-it, stone-cold masterpiece.

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Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium

A strong early effort from Jane Campion.

Emanuel Levy

Jane Camion's stunning feature debut is a bold and audacious dark comedy about sexual politics and dysfunctional family relations.

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Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile

a helter skelter ride through the offbeat life of a suburban Australian family whose youngest daughter is 'abnormal'

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Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies

A sometimes gripping, sometimes funny, and sometimes maddening portrait of a family that cannot deal with their internal problems.

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Flixster Audience Score: 74% Flixster User Reviews
Randy Tippy
Jane Campion's style is never going to woo the masses with broad appeal, but that's part of what makes her such a dynamic film maker.… More
Mark Abell
A difficult and somewhat disturbing film that explores the troubled relationship between two very different sisters. Dawn (Genevieve Lemon), known to her family… More
John Ballantine
The first film from Jane Campion and what a romp it is! Many have attempted the family dysfunction film and while there are many other attempts worth notint,… More