Love & Mercy (2015)
Critic Consensus: As unconventional and unwieldy as the life and legacy it honors, Love & Mercy should prove moving for Brian Wilson fans while still satisfying neophytes.
Watch it now
as Brian Wilson
as Carl Wilson
as Al Jardine
as Brian Wilson
as Eugene Landy
as Mike Love
as Dennis Wilson
as Marilyn Wilson
as Murry Wilson
as Audree Wilson
as Bruce Johnson
as Chuck Britz
as Hal Blaine
as Al De Lory
as Carol Kaye
as Woodwind/Brass Playe...
as Tony Asher
as Van Dyke Parks
as Maria Riva-Gloria
as Cadillac Colleague
as Hipster #1
as Hipster #2
News & Interviews for Love & Mercy
Critic Reviews for Love & Mercy
Love & Mercy is what the title suggests: a biopic that's tender and merciful.
Together, the two timelines of Love and Mercy work in deft harmony, resulting in one of the most fascinating musical biopics in years.
Just as they did in the tumultuous '60s - then again as each of us faced our own upheavals over the decades - the hopeful, tuneful, impeccably harmonized songs of Brian Wilson fade in and save the day, then sail off into a perfect California sunset.
Intense, unconventional, often uncomfortable portrait of Beach Boys leader Brian Wilson that transcends the typical clichés about madness and creativity.
Rather like one of Wilson's records, it's a film of surprisingly effective layers, building towards a hugely satisfying crescendo.
Audience Reviews for Love & Mercy
A look at the year or two that proved to be the most creative for Mr. Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys, the reckless self-medication that accompanied those times (as well as ever-so-slight nods as to why he did), and what was left of the man when he emerged from the other side. It's okay but it's very clean, and certainly not the tale of a survivor that it hints that it might be.
"Love & Mercy" has some of the best acting I have seen from John Cusack, but there are script and direction weaknesses that make the story dull and incoherent at times. This story might have seen better told linearly.
"Love & Mercy" follows young and older Brian Wilson and his band, The Beach Boys. While we flash back and forth between the bands struggles and triumphs, and into the future where he is trying to find love and dealing with Schizophrenia, the film's deep vibes and meaningful visuals made me very emotional. Paul Dano is incredible in his portrayal of Brian Wilson and John Cusack plays his illness very well. Elizabeth Banks really felt like someone who had no idea how to handle this situation. In the end, "Love & Mercy" satisfies with brilliant writing, superb direction, and a story that is much more worth telling than I expected it to. I really loved watching this film and it displays amazing performances all around and celebrates their best music in style. This is not a film you should miss. Definitely worth it's praise.
Love & Mercy Quotes
Discuss Love & Mercy on our Movie forum!