55 Steps (2018)

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55 STEPS is the life affirming true story of an unexpected friendship forming during a fight for patient rights against seemingly impossible odds. When Eleanor Riese (Helena Bonham Carter) discovers that the medication she is being given at St. Mary's Psychiatric Hospital in San Francisco is damaging her physically she hires patient's rights lawyer Collete Hughes (Hilary Swank). With the help of expert attorney Mort Cohen (Jeffrey Tambor) the two try to defeat St. Mary's in court while the indefatigable Eleanor and Collette become best of friends; a friendship where the colorful psychiatric patient Eleanor teaches the work-obsessed Collette a thing or two about life itself!

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Cast

Hilary Swank
as Colette Hughes
Helena Bonham Carter
as Eleanor Riese
Jeffrey Tambor
as Mort Cohen
Cynthia Hoppenfeld
as Sister Florence

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All Critics (6) | Top Critics (3)

The wild-haired Carter has the flashier role and, although she digs into it with gusto, she's all over the emotional map.

Nov 13, 2018 | Full Review…

Fails to elicit memorable work from any of its principal collaborators.

Sep 9, 2017 | Full Review…
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Scene by scene you wish 55 Steps made you angrier than it does. Yet August's docile filmmaking acts as an emotional soporific, removing even the potential camp pleasures of Bonham Carter's histrionics.

Sep 8, 2017 | Full Review…

Though 55 Steps, well, side-steps the alarming political issues, with the doctors in question as cover for the true medical/pharmaceutical industrial complex villains, at its core this film transcends class as a remarkable female bonding story.

Nov 8, 2018 | Full Review…

It's a relatively interesting story that's given the movie-of-the-week treatment by director Bille August...

Oct 7, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

The film does not end on the high note that I anticipated, but it does come full circle.

Sep 15, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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