Love & Mercy (2015) - Rotten Tomatoes

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.

Movie Info

LOVE & MERCY presents an unconventional portrait of Brian Wilson, the mercurial singer, songwriter and leader of The Beach Boys. Set against the era defining catalog of Wilson's music, the film intimately examines the personal voyage and ultimate salvation of the icon whose success came at extraordinary personal cost. (C) Roadside Attractionsmore
Rating: PG-13 (for thematic elements, drug content and language)
Genre: Musical & Performing Arts, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Oren Moverman, Michael Alan Lerner
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 15, 2015
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Paul Dano
as Brian Wilson
Brett Davern
as Carl Wilson
Graham Rogers
as Al Jardine
John Cusack
as Brian Wilson
Paul Giamatti
as Eugene Landy
Jake Abel
as Mike Love
Kenny Wormald
as Dennis Wilson
Erin Darke
as Marilyn Wilson
Bill Camp
as Murry Wilson
Joanna Going
as Audree Wilson
Nick Gehlfuss
as Bruce Johnson
Mark Linett
as Chuck Britz
Johnny Sneed
as Hal Blaine
Gary Griffin
as Al De Lory
Teresa Cowles
as Carol Kaye
Vince Meghrouni
as Woodwind/Brass Playe...
Jeff Meacham
as Tony Asher
Max Schneider
as Van Dyke Parks
Diana-Maria Riva
as Maria Riva-Gloria
Fred Cross
as Cadillac Colleague
Tyson Ritter
as Hipster #1
Jeff Galfer
as Hipster #2
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Critic Reviews for Love & Mercy

All Critics (184) | Top Critics (41)

Love & Mercy is what the title suggests: a biopic that's tender and merciful.

Full Review… | May 10, 2016
Bangkok Post

Together, the two timelines of Love and Mercy work in deft harmony, resulting in one of the most fascinating musical biopics in years.

Full Review… | May 6, 2016
New Zealand Herald

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.

Full Review… | April 11, 2016

Intense, unconventional, often uncomfortable portrait of Beach Boys leader Brian Wilson that transcends the typical clichés about madness and creativity.

Full Review… | April 6, 2016
Flick Filosopher

Rather like one of Wilson's records, it's a film of surprisingly effective layers, building towards a hugely satisfying crescendo.

Full Review… | April 6, 2016
South China Morning Post

It's much better than the usual formulaic musical biopic.

Full Review… | March 7, 2016
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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.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


"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.

Christian C

Super Reviewer

"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.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

Love & Mercy Quotes

Brian Wilson: I'm going to create the greatest album ever, Mar.
Marilyn Wilson: I know, Bri.
– Submitted by Connor C (11 months ago)
Brian Wilson: Gratifying movie. At first I didn't like having 2 adult actors playing one role, but it ends up working. Worth seeing.
– Submitted by Steve M (11 months ago)

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