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Behind the Candelabra Reviews

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Sara Smith
Kansas City Star
May 24, 2013
Behind the Candelabra isn't a smear job, but it's not a revelation, either.
Ellen Gray
Philadelphia Daily News
May 24, 2013
Candelabra shines a light on things that might have occurred, but it never quite illuminates them.
Elliott Noble
Sky Movies
June 6, 2013
While everything looks splendid, the film engages less the longer it goes on. True story or no, the final act treads very familiar territory.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Hank Stuever
Washington Post
May 24, 2013
The story as told is just too depressing, too empty and, most of all, too dead and gone.
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Mary McNamara
Los Angeles Times
May 24, 2013
Soderbergh is clearly captivated, as are we all, by the rot underlying the glitz, but even with Douglas' nuanced performance, the film simplifies too many things.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Patrick Courtney
Austin Chronicle
May 24, 2013
Even though the film's tagline is "Too much of a good thing is wonderful," for Soderbergh, it winds up being just pretty good.
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Lori Rackl
Chicago Sun-Times
May 22, 2013
Half the fun of Behind the Candelabra is watching these two Hollywood heavyweights deftly tackle roles that could have been career-enders not that long ago.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
May 26, 2013
Soderbergh takes something as hoary as a celebrity biopic and turns it into a magnificent opus composed of bold overtures and brassy melodies - all punctuated by the saddest of codas.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Top Critic
May 28, 2013
The story is told less as a cause-and-effect narrative than as a collection of incidents that add up to something with a crushing emotional weight.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Andy Lea
Daily Star
June 4, 2013
Douglas is simply brilliant here. It's far more than an impression - he simply disappears into the role of the troubled showman.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Will Chadwick
We Got This Covered
May 27, 2013
Steven Soderbergh's final film Behind the Candelabra is a spectacular portrait of the relationship between the famed pianist Liberace and his lover Scott Thorson.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
May 24, 2013
It's rare that I hate an HBO movie, but it's been a long time since I loved one. Until now.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Rob Owen
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
May 27, 2013
Terrific performances make it a movie worth seeing.
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Joanne Ostrow
Denver Post
May 28, 2013
The stunning and quite intimate performances by Michael Douglas and Matt Damon are award-worthy.
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Verne Gay
Newsday
May 22, 2013
An absorbing production that is morbidly fascinating from start to finish.
Matt Roush
TV Guide
May 28, 2013
No one saves face in director Steven Soderbergh's ghoulishly entertaining, opulently produced Behind the Candelabra, HBO's grandest, gaudiest and most fascinating movie in quite a long while.
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Nancy DeWolf Smith
Wall Street Journal
May 24, 2013
The glitter and kitsch, and jaw-dropping performances by Michael Douglas as the middle-age Liberace and Matt Damon as his much younger boy-toy Scott Thorson, make this a wild ride without compare.
Craig Skinner
HeyUGuys
May 21, 2013
The film feels like an epic biopic, with so much detail, humour and emotion crammed in.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Lewis Corner
Digital Spy
June 6, 2013
Douglas is truly arresting as Liberace; complex yet childishly simple. He flounces around in fur and rhinestones, but behind all that - and the candelabra on his piano - he is clearly lonely and, in a way, a stranger to himself.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show
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
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