Kate Winslet's Movies Reviews & Ratings

I love Kate Winslet’s acting. I also love her uncanny instinct to recognize demanding and award-winning roles. She is to me, the most versatile actress of her generation and it’s also commendable that she is scandal-free. What I don’t like is her readiness to undress however justified that may be; unlike other actresses whose skills reside only on it, that is not her case. Despite of it, her mark in the films she acts is indelible no matter how small her role is.

In Revolutionary Road (♦♦♦), Winslet stars opposite Leonardo DiCaprio (The Aviator, Blood Diamond) as a housewife with a seemingly perfect life, at least from the outside. Inside, the marriage is crumbling due to high life expectations that never quite crystallize. Overwhelmed by those expectations the couple fights all the time until tragedy strikes. I rated this movie with three stars because I just couldn’t get past all the arguments and screaming for two endless hours! In The Reader (♦♦♦♦♦), Hannah, Winslet’s character, collects the money in a city trolley in post Nazi Germany. One day she meets teenager Michael on her doorstep and soon after sexual encounters take place between the two. During every rendezvous, Hannah forces the boy to read to her. The relationship lasts a summer until she disappears without any explanations; however, the next time Michael hears about Hannah is through the media. As it turns out, Hannah had been a Nazi guard at a concentration camp during the war and she is on trial for war crimes. The key to Hannah’s absolution is in Michael’s hands, but will he do anything to save her? Powerful drama, worth every valuable second! The Holiday (♦♦♦♦♦) is a light romantic comedy more successful due to the Jude Law-Cameron Diaz pair than the Jack Black-Kate Winslet couple. As I said, Jude Law and Cameron Diaz are delightful in this movie, more him than her, and I could have easily parted with the other couple despite Winslet; not her best film, but fun if you like romantic comedies, as I do. Sense and Sensibility (♦♦♦♦♦) is, in my opinion, Winslet’s most accomplished role; she should have won an Oscar that year for that performance! In this film, Winslet is free-spirited Marianne Dashwood, the middle sister in the Dashwood family. She loves literature, particularly Shakespearean poetry, and falls in love with equally dashing John Willoughby. But Willoughby soon departs from the Dashwood household with hardly any explanation and without proposing marriage, so when a friend organizes a trip to London, Marianne embarks on a quest to find Willoughby. In London, Marianne learns that Willoughby has gotten engaged for money; heartbroken, she returns to the countryside. On her way there, she becomes gravely ill and bed-ridden. Colonel Langdon, her ardent admirer, and Elinor, her older sister, accompany her until she recuperates. Once Marianne recovers, she accepts Colonel Langdon as her marriage prospect and eventually marries him. This movie is long, but a wonderful adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel. Worth every precious second! In Titanic (♦♦♦), Winslet stars as Rose, a society girl, who despite of being engaged to a tycoon, falls in love with Jack, a penniless artist interpreted by Leonardo DiCaprio. The backdrop of their romance is the ill fated Titanic. In my opinion, Winslet’s interpretation as the girl trapped in a loveless engagement to save her society status and Billy Zane’s performance as the enraged fiancé are both worth of praise, but the plot is as predictable as the sinking of the ship; so neither of these two performances can save the movie. Don’t get me wrong, I like the costumes and the special effects, but I think this film is highly overrated.

As an actress, Kate Winslet is not afraid to accept movies that tackle shocking and sometimes controversial topics such as Little Children (♦♦♦♦♦), The Life of David Gale (♦♦♦♦♦), and Quills (♦♦♦♦). In Little Children, Winslet is a suburbia housewife who has an affair with a stay-at-home dad interpreted by Patrick Wilson (Hard Candy, The Passengers). A pedophile is freed from jail and moves to their neighborhood; the movie explores the fears and dynamics of neighbors around the events that ensue. All characters have goodness and flaws that make them remarkably human. Not to be missed! In The Life of David Gale (♦♦♦♦♦), the subjects are none other than rape and capital punishment. Kevin Spacey (American Beauty, Beyond the Sea) as David Gale, a respected Texan college professor, has a brief sexual encounter with one of his former students and she accuses him of rape. Absolved but unable to shake off this stain, he focuses on the fight to eliminate the death penalty in Texas and ends up accused of rape yet again, but this time with fatal consequences for which he ends up in death row. Kate Winslet is the young journalist sent to interview him before the death sentence is carried out. As the story progresses, the truth about the crime itself and Gale’s personal convictions unfold. The ending resonates with you. Either you like this movie or you hate it, but it will shake your belief system if you get it. Quills exhibits strong performances by Kate Winslet, Geoffrey Rush (Piano Man, Pirates of the Caribbean), Joaquin Phoenix (Walk the Line, Gladiator) and Michael Caine (Batman Returns, The Cider House Rules). This is the story of the Marquis de Sade (Geoffrey Rush), a writer confined in an asylum for the mentally insane, who pens and publishes his most outrageous sexual fantasies, all with the help of a young asylum worker (Winslet). His literary inclinations earn him the attention and disdain of Napoleon, who sends a doctor (Michael Caine) to “cure” him with his most unorthodox methods. Upon the Marquis’ death, his literary works earn money for the man set on destroying him.

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