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Barrymore (2012)

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Average Rating: 6.8/10
Critic Reviews: 17
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Barrymore, set in 1942, follows acclaimed American actor John Barrymore (Christopher Plummer), a member of one of Hollywood's most well-known multi-generational theatrical dynasties. No longer a leading box office star, the film finds Barrymore reckoning with the ravages of his life of excess. He has rented a grand, old theatre to rehearse for a backer's audition to raise money for a revival of his 1920 Broadway triumph in Richard III. It leads him to look back on the highs and lows of his

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All Critics (24) | Top Critics (17) | Fresh (17) | Rotten (7) | DVD (1)

Think of it as one great performer saluting another.

January 31, 2014 Full Review Source: USA Today
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Plummer commands the stage as easily and firmly as Barrymore must have. He makes us believe that Barrymore would indeed, as he tries to reach deep into his past and revive Richard, keep recalling his wives or breaking in to sing a pop song of the day.

January 31, 2014 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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The interest is in Plummer himself-who he is, what he can do.

June 17, 2013 Full Review Source: The New Republic
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Mr. Plummer stumbles beautifully, poignantly and often, leering and searching through a haze of memory or, with concern edged with panic, calling for 'a line, a line' much as Richard III calls for a horse.

December 6, 2012 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
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You wish you could be seeing this performance live, as it's meant to be seen - but lacking that, "Barrymore" on the big screen provides its own thrills.

November 30, 2012 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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Plummer is marvelous, flitting between reminiscence and Shakespearean recitation as a gifted artist aware of his own wretchedness.

November 20, 2012 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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Plummer is phenomenal, but be warned: you really have to like one-person shows in order to enjoy this 84-minute tour de force.

May 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
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In spite of creating a CGI world around Plummer, much is lost in this translation, making an impressive performance from him seem inert.

May 5, 2013 Full Review Source: StaciWilson.com
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As an acting masterclass, it's educational and entertaining.

November 15, 2012 Full Review Source: Flicks.co.nz
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Christopher Plummer works hard to give us his idea of John Barrymore in this record of a theatrical tour-de-force, which is more dramatically florid than biographically enlightening.

November 15, 2012 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Director Erik Canuel fails to deliver us from the inevitable hermeticism of the material.

November 11, 2012 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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Audience Reviews for Barrymore

I was a little slow off the mark otherwise I would have been in the audience when they filmed Christopher Plummer doing his John Barrymore. Thank goodness HBO decided to pick it up and air it. A great theatrical performance is captured and kudos to Director Erik Canuel who offers appropriate off-stage moments that don't detract from the piece.
October 10, 2012
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    1. John Barrymore: What's the line?! What's the line?!
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    1. John Barrymore: I don't have to tell you that divorces cost more than marriages... But god damn it they're worth it!
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