Guinevere (1999) - Rotten Tomatoes


Guinevere (1999)



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Screenwriter Audrey Wells (best known for The Truth About Cats and Dogs) makes her directorial debut in this film about an unusual May-November romance. Harper Sloane (Sarah Polley) is a 20-year-old woman who has never felt particularly comfortable or important within her family. While suffering through her older sister's wedding reception, she meets Connie Fitzpatrick (Stephen Rea), a 50-ish photogapher hired to take pictures of the wedding. They talk a bit and Connie snaps Harper's picture; when he sends her a copy of the result, she decided to pay him a visit, which turns out to be the first step in a serious relationship. However, Harper soon discovers this is neither casual or unusual for Connie; he has a long history of five-year relationships with younger women who eventually outgrow him, and as Connie tries to bring out Harper's potential, she becomes more keenly aware of the dead ends and loose threads of his life. Guinevere boasts a strong supporting cast, including Jean Smart, Paul Dooley, Gina Gershon, Jasmine Guy and Gedde Watanabe.

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Jean Smart
as Deborah
Sandra Oh
as Cindy
Grace Una
as April
Rose Mallett
as Birthday Singer
Scott Kaske
as Transsexual Babe
Brian Frank
as Wedding Guest No. 1
Debra Engle
as Wedding Guest No. 2
Johnny Radzik
as Espresso Guy
Paulina Sahagan
as Mexican Seamstress
Kai Ephron
as Positano's Regular
Alexandra Holden
as Angelic Girl
Patti Weiss
as Tipsy Woman at Party
James Noah
as Older Man in Cafe
Lindsay Beamish
as Younger Woman in Cafe
Lynn Beasley
as Sexy Bridesmaid
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Critic Reviews for Guinevere

All Critics (35) | Top Critics (10)

Guinevere is not perfect... But the movie's heart is in the right place.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Gives us a working relationship in progress rather than the usual Hollywood sitcom.

February 27, 2003 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

...a story about bad love - and how, sometimes, that is exactly what we needed at the time.

January 23, 2003 | Rating: B

Polley immediately zeroes on Harper's insecurities and quiet fears and brings them delicately to the surface.

June 23, 2002 | Full Review…

A thematically rich exploration of a May-December relationship.

March 4, 2002 | Full Review…

I admire the filmmakers because they steadfastly refused to tack on a Hollywood ending.

February 28, 2002 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Guinevere

Couple of great actors in what is essentially a silly little movie. The romance seems forced. Yes, back to the original point. A wee bit silly.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer


An intriguing movie! Interesting role for Sarah Polley. Stephen Rea is great. Gina Gershon is absolutely beautiful. Great music by Christophe Beck!

Leo L
Leo L

Super Reviewer

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