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Led by an outstanding central performance from Mary Elizabeth Winstead and brilliantly held together by writer-director Eva Vives, All About Nina is a delightfully raw dramedy.
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Mostly, Vives' work is a series of punch lines that feel more like gut punches - a relentless challenge that Winstead handles with seeming ease.
Nina lays everything on the line, and in telling her story, Vives does too.
Nina's Bjork and her Kristen Stewart are pretty good - but her impression of Werner Herzog is fantastically weird. And simply fantastic.
Despite a lively performance by Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Nina is a big bore with a small talent and a one-track mind.
Vives' filmmaking is confident, threading the needle on some emotionally complex scenes, but the film works because of Winstead's bravura performance, taking Nina to a place of raw, deep emotional honesty.
A striking and at times uncomfortably personal feature debut from writer-director Eva Vives that makes good on its title by not shying away from the emotional damage that makes its protagonist so compelling.
What is fresh about the film is that rather than be a set up for a climactic biographical confession, it so carefully paints the toxic environment women have to negotiate that her anger doesn't really feel like it needs explanation.
What could have been a portrait of female fame and notoriety in 2018 ends up as just a tiresome, played-for-shocks romance.
Eva Vives has made an important and powerful film, against some odds. She's a woman and Hispanic. She refused to make Nina "nicer." It isn't surprising that funding was hard to come by.
All About Nina works well as an adult romantic comedy, a female perspective on the comedy world, and a star vehicle for Mary Elizabeth Winstead.
Like Nina, Winstead's performance is both honestly funny and drop-dead serious.
... suffers from contrivances along the way, but generates genuine sympathy for Nina beneath her fragile yet abrasive exterior.
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