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Beautiful Darling (2011)

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Average Rating: 7.7/10
Critic Reviews: 9
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 1

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Born in a Long Island suburb in 1944, James Slattery immediately felt drawn to the feminine side of life -- to such a degree that he established himself as one of the most iconic of all female impersonators, Candy Darling. As given life by Slattery, this young, sexy, and alluring blonde actress single-handedly overtook Manhattan. She attained her greatest recognition for her portrayals in two Paul Morrissey-directed films: Flesh (1968) and Women in Revolt (1971), both produced by Andy Warhol.

Feb 1, 2012

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Darling's fragility was no secret, which gives even the movie's comical moments an underlying poignancy.

May 20, 2011 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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"Beautiful Darling" is sympathetic and critical, a sobering reminder in this fame-grabbing age of a time when gender politics, art and artifice could make for a turbulent identity cocktail.

May 5, 2011 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Like fellow Factory figures Edie Sedgwick and Jackie Curtis, Darling now gets her own documentary, and proves a more than worthy subject.

May 5, 2011 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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A fairly besotted look, produced under the guidance of a longtime friend.

April 22, 2011 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
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"Beautiful Darling" makes extensive use of photos, sketches and Darling's diaries belonging to Jeremiah Newton, a gay pal she lived with on and off until her death from cancer in 1974.

April 22, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Post
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A sad, lyrical reflection on the foolish worship of movie stars.

April 21, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Eventually, everybody who ever spent five minutes with Andy Warhol will have a film made about them

May 5, 2011 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
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A discomforting look at a transsexual actress's difficult life and isolating pursuit of fame.

May 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

This riveting documentary about one of the legendary triumphant gender illusionists is also a compelling portrait of an endlessly fascinating era.

April 22, 2011 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Perhaps it's time we acknowledged that, despite their outrť appetites, Warhol's superstars may have been legitimately boring people.

April 17, 2011 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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