The Dressmaker
The Dressmaker (2016)

The Dressmaker tells the story of the beautiful and talented Tilly Dunnage (Academy Award winner Kate Winslet). After years working as a dressmaker in exclusive Parisian fashion houses, Tilly returns home to a town in the Australian outback… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: September 23, 2016
DVD Release Date: December 27, 2016
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Critic Score: 54% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Dressmaker boasts a strong central performance by Kate Winslet and a captivating array of narrative weirdness -- all of which may or may not be a comfortable fit with viewers.

Alexandra MacAaron
Women's Voices for Change

The best thing about The Dressmaker is, of course, Kate Winslet. The plot is over-complicated and includes a wedding, a funeral, an ambitious death count, drugs and alcohol, dueling dressmakers, and a grand finale theatrical extravaganza.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

Kate Winslet can do anything ... except save this movie from quirky overkill.

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Harvey S. Karten

Gives ample room for the talents of the wonderful Judy Davis.

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Adam Graham
Detroit News

There's plenty to admire here, especially if your taste is tailored to the unusual.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

The film has so many moodswings that watching it induces whiplash, and just about everybody in it, from Winslet on down to Judy Davis, playing the dressmaker's crotchety mother, flagrantly overdoes it.

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Matthew Bond
The Mail on Sunday (UK)

I loved the idea -- and indeed its stunning visualisation... but that's not enough to sustain a film that is criminally overlong and wastes several opportunities to come to a close. Winslet, however, is fab.

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Rex Reed
New York Observer

Whatever were they smoking?

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Amy Nicholson

The second Winslet sets her sewing machine on the ground and snarls, "I'm back, you bastards," we're delighted to hear we're in for something fun.

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Joanne Soh
The New Paper (Singapore)

Without Kate Winslet's on-screen presence, this small, quirky Australian film is unlikely to gain any traction.

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Flixster Audience Score: 66% Flixster User Reviews
Nicki Marie
Could have gone either way with this one, but glad I stuck with it. Very original, and I loved all the beautiful dresses.
Ian Walker
This was exceedingly surprising and turned out to be a great film. A typical mother-daughter revenge story that is both bittersweet and funny, often very funny… More
Kevin M. Williams
Unclear about what it wants to be, Dressmaker wavers thematically between wronged-youth-returns-to-better-backward-town redemptive or the ever popular… More
Philip Price
I watched what could be considered some very strange films at the Toronto International Film Festival, but I don't think any of them were as weird or out… More