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Behind the Candelabra Reviews

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August 18, 2017
If his private fishbowl was constricting, Liberace countered it by the magnificence of his stage persona, the showmanship outweighing the secrecy.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
June 27, 2014
As deeply entertaining and creative as it is socially enlightening.
February 11, 2014
Douglas seems to be having fun playing such a flaming swishy character and hams it up.
Full Review | Original Score: B
September 26, 2013
Douglas made his name playing powerful, morally questionable men, and this is a clever addition to the canon.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 25, 2013
Michael Douglas transforms himself into the Las Vegas entertainer with style and, most of all, believability. Liberace was larger-than-life to say the least, and it would be easy to go the SNL route with a character by painting him with broad strokes.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
September 18, 2013
Soderbergh and LaGravenese go deep beneath this voyeuristic fascination with wealth, fame, and the secret lives of celebrities.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 5, 2013
One of [Soderbergh's] strengths is in the way he subverts traditional narratives and finds interesting moments that other directors wouldn't think twice about.
Full Review | Original Score: B
August 20, 2013
Crammed with garish decor, wild costumes and some unapologetically affected central performances, the final chapter in the life of flamboyant pianist Liberace gets a feisty, full-bodied treatment here.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
August 4, 2013
With a lovely musical score by Marvin Hamlisch and Douglas and Damon perfectly comfortable with, you know, the gay thing, this is less surprising in its depiction of Liberace as a rampant queen than its authorised view of him as a complete bastard.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
July 29, 2013
Michael Douglas turns in a charming performance as Liberace.
Full Review | Original Score: B
July 26, 2013
Behind the Candelabra is a fascinating peek into the secret life of an icon; the sad (reportedly) last hurrah of a cinematic maverick and proof that Douglas and Damon are fabulous.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 25, 2013
The production design is terrific, revelling not just in period detail but in all of Liberace's excesses, and, typically, Soderbergh's camera and use of music are never anything other than top notch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
July 24, 2013
Soderbergh's masterstroke is how well he takes the audience on the journey of initially finding Liberace's world absurd and comedic, to ultimately feeling empathy for him.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
July 23, 2013
It's ultimately a story about the power imbalances in relationships, and the quietly devastating way that couples can build one another up, only to tear each other down.
July 21, 2013
Its raison d'etre is a terrifically spirited performance from Hollywood's most heterosexual of Lotharios, Michael Douglas, aided and abetted by Damon and Lowe.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
July 19, 2013
The screenplay's ability to keep us engaged and involved that the opulence loses its lustre and the things that matter in life rise to the top
July 19, 2013
In the hands of a lesser filmmaker, this is a project that might have gone terribly wrong, but ranking high on the entertainment meter, it smacks of authenticity, has pizzazz, humour, poignancy and above all, heart
July 18, 2013
Fearless and fabulous
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 14, 2013
As fabulous as it should be and not a jot more or less.
June 13, 2013
Excellent performances by Douglas and Damon highlight this tale of love and need.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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