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Behind the Candelabra Reviews

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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
June 4, 2013
It's both a romp and uncomfortably real.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Jon Frosch
The Atlantic
May 28, 2013
Witty, briskly paced and consistently entertaining.
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Robert Bianco
USA Today
May 28, 2013
Buffed to a typical HBO high gloss, Candelabra is a visual feast. It shines brightest in those moments where it captures the rhythms of a relationship in its first blush of affection and its seemingly inevitable collapse.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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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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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-
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David Hiltbrand
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 27, 2013
This is one of the strangest and strongest TV movies in memory.
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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
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Matt Zoller Seitz
New York Magazine/Vulture
May 24, 2013
Whether the biopic Behind the Candelabra ends up being a swan song for director Steven Soderbergh or merely the last entry in one phase of a long career, it's an impressive work.
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David Hinckley
New York Daily News
May 24, 2013
There's never a sense Douglas or director Steven Soderbergh is after a caricature, but there's still the sense that we sometimes get one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Linda Stasi
New York Post
May 24, 2013
Douglas manages to take a real-life cartoon character and make him into a sometimes kind, often cruel, real person.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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.
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Ed Bark
Uncle Barky
May 24, 2013
A film that could have been so very bad turns out to be pretty mah-velous.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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David Thomson
The New Republic
May 24, 2013
Douglas is more than acceptable, but Damon has made an unforgettable character. Scott Thorson is unknown and he comes out of the dark as the story that needs to be told.
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Matthew Gilbert
Boston Globe
May 24, 2013
Behind the Candelabra doesn't quite fit into the biopic genre - simply because it is so good.
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Stephanie Zacharek
Village Voice
May 23, 2013
Behind the Candelabra is great fun, and even though the production and costume design are heavy on mirrors, gilt furniture, and sequins, it stops short of being kitschy.
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
May 23, 2013
All involved-you especially, Mr. Soderbergh-take a bow.
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Verne Gay
Newsday
May 22, 2013
An absorbing production that is morbidly fascinating from start to finish.
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Willa Paskin
Salon.com
May 22, 2013
[Soderbergh's] total avoidance of camp and his deeply sympathetic treatment of both major characters is a way... to make Liberace and Thorson people, not stereotypes.
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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
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
May 22, 2013
The rampantly heterosexual Douglas might seem a stretch as Liberace, but from that first moment on the Vegas stage he nails the character, which quickly transcends mimicry for sympathetic evocation.