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Stage Beauty Reviews

Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C+

September 7, 2011
David Ansen
Newsweek
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Time Out
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Houston Chronicle
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July 21, 2005
Kathy Cano Murillo
Arizona Republic
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The attraction to Stage Beauty is that it is just as much a campy comedy as it is an elegant drama.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 3.5/5

November 11, 2004
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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It's a Restoration romantic comedy that struggles with the romance and isn't nearly comic enough.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 3/5

November 5, 2004
Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
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Has a weird, compelling energy, fueled by a deliciously dynamic cast, a cheerfully bawdy and odd story line and a refreshing, impossible romance.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 3/4

November 5, 2004
Tom Long
Detroit News
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Even if playwright Jeffrey Hatcher was a bit too tied up in his original play, there's no denying the wonderful wit at its center.

| Original Score: B+

October 22, 2004
Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
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While Eyre's direction is somewhat squarely theatrical, his sense both of period and the theatrical milieu is powerful.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/5

October 22, 2004
Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
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Director Eyre brings a brisk energy and knowing eye to the period textures, atmosphere and supporting characters one expects in a drama-comedy unfolding by candlelight on backstages and behind palace walls.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

October 22, 2004
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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The result plays like a theater person's idea of serious cinema.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 22, 2004
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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Danes, who specializes in sincerity and lacks Crudup's theatrical training, doesn't fare nearly as well. Playing an actress who can't act very well, she seems genuinely lost.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 22, 2004
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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The worst problem with the movie is its inability to rise above the muddle of ideas with which it toys.

| Original Score: C+

October 22, 2004
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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It has a poignancy that Shakespeare lacks, because it is about a real dilemma and two people who are trying to solve it; must Ned and Maria betray their real natures in order to find love, or accept them?

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

October 22, 2004
John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
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For Crudup, this is a career-topping, Oscar-worthy performance that goes beyond the novelty of simply dressing in women's clothes.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 3/4

October 22, 2004

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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October 22, 2004
Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
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Has some jolly good moments, buoyed by an intriguing story and an often dynamic cast.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: B

October 21, 2004
Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Weaves an element of farce into a historical theatrical setting, confronting serious issues and raising thoughtful questions at the same time as it has a little fun.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

October 21, 2004
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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A rich, shining valentine to the British theater and the eternal joys of Shakespeare.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 21, 2004
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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[Crudup] is fearless, funny, poignant, clever, tragic and altogether dazzling.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: B+

October 21, 2004
Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
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Crudup is a spellbinder in any mode he chooses to play: highly mannered or naturalistic, it makes no difference.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

October 19, 2004
Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
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Crudup and Danes display a palpable chemistry.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3/5

October 15, 2004
Teresa Wiltz
Washington Post
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This is a celebration of the theater, a big, wet kiss to the craft of acting and the artists who inhabited London's early stages.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

October 15, 2004
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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Those who repeddle success would be wise to make the copy at least as good (if not better) than the original. Otherwise, they're merely setting themselves up for daunting comparison.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

October 15, 2004
Mike Clark
USA Today
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Director Richard Eyre and writer Jeffery Hatcher, who wrote the source play, obviously know the milieu.

Full Review Source: USA Today

October 15, 2004
Carla Meyer
San Francisco Chronicle
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Stage Beauty captures the tensions and electricity of backstage dramas.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

October 15, 2004
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Boasts excellent actors, a good story, and no particular point.

| Original Score: 2/4

October 14, 2004
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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Vibrant, thrilling, colorful and somewhat campy.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

October 14, 2004
Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
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Bags of fun to watch.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

October 14, 2004
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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It just keeps meandering and meandering.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

October 11, 2004
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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It has real ideas at its center.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger

October 8, 2004
Megan Lehmann
New York Post
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Claire Danes and Billy Crudup certainly spark a terrific chemistry on screen.

| Original Score: 3/4

October 8, 2004
Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
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Earlier this week, I named 25 legitimate contenders for this year's Best Actor Oscar. Make it 26.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 8, 2004
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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The gender role-playing puts spine in this period piece that is vital to the here and now.

| Original Score: 3/4

October 8, 2004
Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
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It's deeply perceptive about what good actors do, without resorting to theatrical platitudes.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

October 8, 2004
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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A 17th century Star is Born, though with interestingly convoluted sexual politics and a provocative historical thesis.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

October 7, 2004
Gene Seymour
Newsday
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One could call it a romantic farce, except it's not much of a romance, not much of a farce and, despite the talent at work here, not much of anything.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2/4

October 7, 2004

Entertainment Weekly
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A celebration of the theater that tends to drag the moment it's out of drag.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C+

October 7, 2004
David Denby
New Yorker
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Mixes daring and conventionality in ways that never jell.

October 6, 2004
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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Those who are looking for a love story along the lines of Shakespeare in Love may be disappointed -- Stage Beauty is neither as romantic nor as endearing.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 6, 2004
Jessica Winter
Village Voice
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Surely it can't come as news to the filmmakers that a distinction exists between gender and sexuality?

Full Review Source: Village Voice

October 6, 2004
David Rooney
Variety
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Skillfully acted, handsomely crafted frock piece toys cleverly with gender confusion and sexual identity.

Full Review Source: Variety

September 29, 2004
Ray Bennett
Hollywood Reporter
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A splendid cast is topped by Billy Crudup and Claire Danes, two Americans whose English accents are flawlessly natural and whose chemistry far exceeds that of Gwyneth Paltrow and Joseph Fiennes in Shakespeare.

September 9, 2004
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