Barrymore Reviews

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Robert Bianco
USA Today
January 31, 2014
Think of it as one great performer saluting another.
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David Hinckley
New York Daily News
January 31, 2014
Plummer commands the stage as easily and firmly as Barrymore must have. He makes us believe that Barrymore would indeed, as he tries to reach deep into his past and revive Richard, keep recalling his wives or breaking in to sing a pop song of the day.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
June 17, 2013
The interest is in Plummer himself-who he is, what he can do.
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
May 23, 2013
Plummer is phenomenal, but be warned: you really have to like one-person shows in order to enjoy this 84-minute tour de force.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Staci Layne Wilson
StaciWilson.com
May 5, 2013
In spite of creating a CGI world around Plummer, much is lost in this translation, making an impressive performance from him seem inert.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
December 6, 2012
Mr. Plummer stumbles beautifully, poignantly and often, leering and searching through a haze of memory or, with concern edged with panic, calling for 'a line, a line' much as Richard III calls for a horse.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
November 30, 2012
You wish you could be seeing this performance live, as it's meant to be seen - but lacking that, "Barrymore" on the big screen provides its own thrills.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
November 20, 2012
Plummer is marvelous, flitting between reminiscence and Shakespearean recitation as a gifted artist aware of his own wretchedness.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
November 16, 2012
Plummer's Barrymore shows flashes of glory as he delivers bits and pieces of various Shakespearean roles.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
James Croot
Flicks.co.nz
November 15, 2012
As an acting masterclass, it's educational and entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
November 15, 2012
While Plummer acts his heart out, the script becomes one punchline after another.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
David Noh
Film Journal International
November 15, 2012
Christopher Plummer works hard to give us his idea of John Barrymore in this record of a theatrical tour-de-force, which is more dramatically florid than biographically enlightening.
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
November 14, 2012
It was brilliant as a one-man stage show; it was never a good candidate for film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
November 14, 2012
Mr. Plummer stumbles beautifully, poignantly and often, leering and searching through a haze of memory or, with concern edged with panic, calling for "a line, a line" much as Richard III calls for a horse.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
November 14, 2012
Plummer is the one-man show at the center of this one-man vehicle. He will leave you stunned and cheering.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Ernest Hardy
Village Voice
November 13, 2012
A wistful look at faded dreams and opportunities lost due to both the vagaries of the business and self-sabotage.
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David Fear
Time Out
November 13, 2012
This isn't a film, it's a recording of canned ham-tasty, certainly, but creaky nonetheless.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
November 12, 2012
Despite some stylistic missteps, showcase for Plummer's Tony-winning performance will captivate theater fans.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
November 12, 2012
God, I love Plummer's performance -- the twiddling fingers, the tipsy sway of the head, the reverberating roar, as well as the pathos of a man who can't stop acting long enough to hear the cry of his own soul.
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine
November 11, 2012
Director Erik Canuel fails to deliver us from the inevitable hermeticism of the material.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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