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Tamara Drewe

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United Kingdom

2010

Rated R • 1h 51m

Director Stephen Frears

Starring Gemma Arterton, Roger Allam, Bill Camp, Dominic Cooper

Genre Comedy, Romance

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A young newspaper writer returns to her hometown in the English countryside, where her childhood home is being prepped for sale.

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80

Empire by Angie Errigo

Think The Archers with a sprinkling of trendier folk and a lot more shagging. Very intelligently funny, with stellar performances.
60

Time Out by Keith Uhlich

Strikingly picturesque locations and a terrific ensemble cast help this tonally inconsistent adaptation of Posy Simmonds's comic series pass by with relative ease, though it leaves a very peculiar aftertaste.
70

Variety by Leslie Felperin

Adapted from a comicstrip-turned-graphic novel by Posy Simmonds, which was itself based on Thomas Hardy's "Far From the Madding Crowd," picture represents a satirical but soft-biting swipe at contempo middle-class mores among Blighty's chattering countryside classes.
50

Entertainment Weekly by Owen Gleiberman

This rotely cheeky, Anglo-plastic adultery comedy is set in the golden-green English countryside, and it makes a few quirky nods toward artistry, but it's really just a glib concoction.
80

Boxoffice Magazine by Richard Mowe

The deadly sins of envy, lust and salacious gossip in deepest rural England provide the motor for Stephen Frears's black romp, featuring vivacious former Bond girl Gemma Arterton.
65

Movieline by Stephanie Zacharek

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.

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