Barrymore Reviews

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January 31, 2014
Think of it as one great performer saluting another.
January 31, 2014
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.
June 17, 2013
The interest is in Plummer himself-who he is, what he can do.
November 30, 2012
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 20, 2012
Plummer is marvelous, flitting between reminiscence and Shakespearean recitation as a gifted artist aware of his own wretchedness.
November 16, 2012
Plummer's Barrymore shows flashes of glory as he delivers bits and pieces of various Shakespearean roles.
May 23, 2013
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 5, 2013
In spite of creating a CGI world around Plummer, much is lost in this translation, making an impressive performance from him seem inert.
November 15, 2012
As an acting masterclass, it's educational and entertaining.
November 15, 2012
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 11, 2012
Director Erik Canuel fails to deliver us from the inevitable hermeticism of the material.
August 28, 2012
Erik Canuel, who directed and adapted the work, employs a host of cinematic techniques to enhance Plummer's spell-binding turn as a crotchety has-been who, in 1942, attempts to revive his career by playing Richard III.
November 15, 2012
While Plummer acts his heart out, the script becomes one punchline after another.
November 14, 2012
It was brilliant as a one-man stage show; it was never a good candidate for film.
November 14, 2012
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.
Top Critic
November 14, 2012
Plummer is the one-man show at the center of this one-man vehicle. He will leave you stunned and cheering.
November 13, 2012
A wistful look at faded dreams and opportunities lost due to both the vagaries of the business and self-sabotage.
November 13, 2012
This isn't a film, it's a recording of canned ham-tasty, certainly, but creaky nonetheless.
November 12, 2012
Despite some stylistic missteps, showcase for Plummer's Tony-winning performance will captivate theater fans.
November 12, 2012
God, I love Plummer's performance -- the twiddling fingers, the tipsy sway of the head, the reverberating roar, as well as the pathos of a man who can't stop acting long enough to hear the cry of his own soul.
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