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Based on 28 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 50
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    The tone is both satiric and serious, zany but heartfelt, and for a while - maybe 20 minutes - all seems well. show more

  • 63
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    Tamara Drewe is so light, it's almost pure froth. show more

  • 70
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    The story's literary underpinnings are hilariously represented by the denizens of a seedy writers' retreat situated near Tamara's old house, which she has come back to reclaim after her mother's death. show more

  • 40
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    The book itself is an easy read -- conveniently enough, it shouldn't take you more than two hours. So you might want to skip the discordant copy, and use that time to discover the real thing. show more

  • 80
    Ray Bennett The Hollywood Reporter

    Jaunty and entertaining. show more

  • 65
    Stephanie Zacharek Movieline

    Most of Stephen Frears' Tamara Drewe is so breezily entertaining, and so bracingly clear-eyed about what total pains in the asses writers can be, that its final 15 minutes feel like an all-wrong slap in the face. show more

  • 85
    Ella Taylor NPR

    On its own terms, Tamara Drewe is a hugely exuberant black comedy, unfolding over four scenic seasons at a writer's retreat set in a rose-strewn village overrun by city bobos in search of authenticity. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Tamara Drewe is one of those British comedies in which, one way or another, we envy all of the characters. show more

  • 75
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    A real old-fashioned crowd-pleaser. show more

  • 75
    Michael O'Sullivan Washington Post

    In addition to all the rollicking, ribald humor, Tamara Drewe also has a couple of flashes of darkly comic violence. In a literary sense, it's poetic justice, really. Punishment meted out for bad behavior. show more

  • February 15, 2011 roytwing
    Report This User

    Poor. Two dimensonal, unlikeable characters. Plot holes. Appears to have been produced by drama students with more theory than ability.

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