“Guinevere is the story of a young girl coming of age in an disfunctional upper-middle class family.
“ I liked it, although I can see why some reviewers felt it was disturbing, offensive, and pretentious.
“ Fascinating story with a few flaws .
“ Some people enjoyed it as a character study while others think it's a ridiculous movie .
“ Plot and dialog aside, this film is worth watching for the performances alone!
“ One of the worst movies I've ever seen .
“Well, some individual scenes may be neatly written and executed, but the plot is extraordinarily dull because it's so familiar.
“ Polley and Rea make intriguing partners in what develops into a subtle power game, even if the conception of Rea tends a bit too much toward conventional self-possessed charismatic distance.
“ None of the flaws were fatal, but the pace was slow and the plot implausible in parts.
“ Realistic in the way that the only way an older man could get a young girl to satisfy him and support his unemployment is through intense, cruel manipulation of a hopeless wanderer with the self-esteem of a gnat.
“ The manipulations were trite and unoriginal, and the idea of the older man being a mentor to a young girl in spite of age and personal problems was fairly unbelievable in this instance.
“ Connor actually listens to what she says and offers her escape into an exciting bohemian lifestyle.
“ I wouldn't say it's the best film and wouldn't make my top ten, but it was enjoyable.
“ The actors all give enjoyable and appropriate performances.
“If this engaging, well-crafted, unpretentious film has a weakness, I would point to the denouement, which is reminiscent of Fellini's "8 1/2" by reassembling all of Connie's former loves to bid him an upbeat farewell when he is diagnosed with a fatal illness.
“ Wells' forte seems to be characters in search of romance who find it in unexpected places.
“ What originally may have been a huge boost in the career of Canadian prodigy Sarah Polley turns into a tedious venture into the fringes of Lolita-esque film sleaze.
“ Where he should have backed off from one who was so self-absorbed and totally boring, he didn't and we all suffered for it.
“Ted's evaluation: 3 of 4 -- Worth watching
“ That detracted from an otherwise engaging story and some very good technical filmmaking.
“ I consistently thought scenes were misdirected and that the writing gave up on itself and fell into cliche, sapping it of any force it had.
“ Bittersweet coming of age story, well told and observed .
“ Stephen Rea plays an even less attractive version of the walking Irish cliche he portrayed in "Angie" - dark, rumpled good looks, smooth charm, gift of the gab, etc. However, in Guinevere his character has the extra ethnic disadvantage of roaring alcoholism and the tiresome habit of spouting pseudo-Marxist diatribes against the upper classes.
“ Audrey Wells has written and directed `Guinevere', the story of a young woman's coming of age.
“ There may be good reasons for a young woman to associate with an older man, but this film provides only an unsavory and compelling argument for sticking to your own generation for sexual and intellectual companionship.
“ Every "romantic" scene was equally unbearable (except for the sex scenes which were tasteless and disturbing).
“Though I believe it could have been magical, and it did begin well, to my disappointment, the journey and end were ultimately rather ridiculous and pretentious.
“ But if you are looking for an intelligent, enjoyable film which does not attempt to do anything beyond tell a good story and create interesting believable characters, Guinevere is right on the mark.
“Every aspect of the movie was a cliché.
“ A hopeless attempt at a heartfelt art movie that subverts its own intentions with its meaningless artifice and sloppy, contrived, indulgent imagery.
“ While bored to death at her sisters wedding, she runs off with a bottle of champagne and manages to bump into the wedding photographer, Connie.
“ Slow Burning Bore .
“ Although Polley's best scenes are those with Carrie Preston, who plays her best friend and confidante; the most entertaining scenes are those with her mother (Jean Smart), an unstated version of Susan's mother on "Seinfeld".
“ Aside from the obvious qualities that make this an enjoyable picture (Outstanding performances by all and a solid screenplay), it is perhaps Guinevere's subtle qualities that set it apart from the standard, long-winded, character development movie.
“"Guinevere" is a fine and engaging tale that plausibly sketches the arc of the relationship and romance between the daughter of a pair of society attorneys of Pacific Heights pedigree and a bohemian photographer who lives life on the edge financially and on the fringe socially.
“The cast is fine but you can only do so much when you're assigned bland dialogue.
“ Yet you hope that even someone as totally gullible and inexperienced as Harper Sloane (even her name is a crass cliche) might be offput by the explicit warnings from the earlier "Guinevere" played by Ileana Douglas....
“ Connie is not one to win over the young ladies with his looks, but is a very mysterious and intriguing character.