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Barrymore Reviews

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Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine

Director Erik Canuel fails to deliver us from the inevitable hermeticism of the material.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 1.5/4

November 11, 2012
Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
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It was brilliant as a one-man stage show; it was never a good candidate for film.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

November 14, 2012
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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While Plummer acts his heart out, the script becomes one punchline after another.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/5

November 15, 2012
Staci Layne Wilson
StaciWilson.com

In spite of creating a CGI world around Plummer, much is lost in this translation, making an impressive performance from him seem inert.

Full Review Source: StaciWilson.com

May 5, 2013
Dennis Harvey
Variety
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The material itself has a formulaic solo-bioplay rhythm neither performer nor director can fully elude.

Full Review Source: Variety

September 21, 2011
David Fear
Time Out New York
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This isn't a film, it's a recording of canned ham-tasty, certainly, but creaky nonetheless.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/5

November 13, 2012
David Noh
Film Journal International

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.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

November 15, 2012
Robert Crew
Toronto Star
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Effortless charm has always been a characteristic of Plummer's performance, and here he wields it to considerable effect.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 24, 2012
James Croot
Flicks.co.nz

As an acting masterclass, it's educational and entertaining.

Full Review Source: Flicks.co.nz | Original Score: 4/5

November 15, 2012
David Hinckley
New York Daily News
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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 Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 4/5

January 31, 2014
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile

In the hands of an actor of such calibre as Plummer, it is riveting stuff. And often hilarious, risqué, even coarse on occasion

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

August 18, 2012

Erik Canuel, who directed and adapted the work, employs a host of cinematic techniques to enhance Plummer's spell-binding turn as a crotchety has-been who, in 1942, attempts to revive his career by playing Richard III.

Full Review Source: 3AW | Original Score: 3.5/5

August 28, 2012
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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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 Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4/5

November 14, 2012
James Plath
Movie Metropolis

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 Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 7/10

May 23, 2013
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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Plummer's Barrymore shows flashes of glory as he delivers bits and pieces of various Shakespearean roles.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3/4

November 16, 2012
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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Plummer is marvelous, flitting between reminiscence and Shakespearean recitation as a gifted artist aware of his own wretchedness.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B

November 20, 2012
John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
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Despite some stylistic missteps, showcase for Plummer's Tony-winning performance will captivate theater fans.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

November 12, 2012
Robert Bianco
USA Today
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Think of it as one great performer saluting another.

Full Review Source: USA Today

January 31, 2014
David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

November 12, 2012
Ernest Hardy
Village Voice
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A wistful look at faded dreams and opportunities lost due to both the vagaries of the business and self-sabotage.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

November 13, 2012
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