Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story Reviews

February 22, 2019
A fascinating documentary about Hedy Lamarr, an extraordinary woman who was so much more than the moviegoing public ever imagined.
May 21, 2018
It's a reminder that, even for world-famous icons, it's pointless to reduce people to a single piece of notoriety.
March 9, 2018
Lamarr was an enigma: a great brain trapped in a silly, spurious image of glamour, while her real talent was allowed to wither. A sad but fascinating story.
March 9, 2018
If her story, however, is even vaguely familiar (made nude flick, was brainy, did inventions, made glamour flicks, stayed brainy, had lots of plastic surgery, died) then this will be a very ho-hum trawl.
March 8, 2018
A vivid portrait of one of the most remarkable, pioneering women of Hollywood's Golden Age.
March 6, 2018
The movie reveals and demonstrates over and over that Lamarr was a fascinating and brilliant person, a true eccentric with considerable will and personal courage.
March 5, 2018
A Google animator puts the mystery of Hedy Lamarr best: 'She's a perfect underdog, crime-fighter-by-night story.' Here she is, unmasked at last.
March 1, 2018
An entertaining, and at times heartbreaking and infuriating, film.
March 1, 2018
Ultimately stands as a tragedy of what might have been and never came to be, for both its subject and for us.
March 1, 2018
There is plenty for the film buff to enjoy...There is poignant film of Lamarr in her later years when she became a recluse, and a cheering finish with the ceremony at which her discovery was finally acknowledged.
February 28, 2018
It's a fascinating story, if one that has been told before.
January 19, 2018
It fascinates both as film history and as a sobering reminder of how little credit a woman like Lamarr received, even at the peak of her popularity.
January 5, 2018
A documentary that follows Lamarr's tumultuous life, tracking a life in which her beauty served to obscure her brains, although her brains persevered.
December 7, 2017
What makes "Bombshell" intriguing is not just Lamarr's gift for invention, it's also what a fiery individualist she was, someone who had no regrets about her eventful life ("You learn from everything"), not even its racy, tabloid elements.
November 30, 2017
An entertaining documentary, though its thesis isn't entirely convincing.
November 24, 2017
Dean is fascinated by the highs and lows of this enigmatic woman's life.
November 24, 2017
Ms. Dean relates Lamarr's ventures, those onscreen and off, with savvy and narrative snap, fluidly marshaling a mix of original interviews and archival material that includes film clips, home movies and other footage.
November 21, 2017
Recognition (and compensation) proved elusive in Lamarr's lifetime, but in this marvelous documentary, a brilliant woman - "I'm a very simple, complicated person" - finally gets her due.
November 21, 2017
Too sympathetic toward its subject to serve as a satisfying biography of the actress-inventor, but it's a totally serviceable, if disappointingly uncinematic, film about a singular celebrity.
April 26, 2017
A thoroughly engaging, eye-opening showbiz doc.