Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) - Rotten Tomatoes

Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018)


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Critic Consensus: Deftly directed and laced with dark wit, Can You Ever Forgive Me? proves a compelling showcase for deeply affecting work from Richard E. Grant and Melissa McCarthy.

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In CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME?, Melissa McCarthy stars as Lee Israel, the best-selling celebrity biographer (and cat lover) who made her living in the 1970's and 80's profiling the likes of Katharine Hepburn, Tallulah Bankhead, Estée Lauder and journalist Dorothy Kilgallen. When Lee found herself unable to get published because she had fallen out of step with the marketplace, she turned her art form to deception, abetted by her loyal friend Jack (Richard E. Grant).


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All Critics (23) | Top Critics (6)

If Can You Ever's actual story feels slight, it's worth staying just for the characters.

September 12, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Can You Ever Forgive Me? comes from a place of understanding and love that few other biopics truly dive into, and it makes this difficult character a joy to meet.

September 10, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

"Can You Ever Forgive Me?" is that rare movie you never want to end, a film about broken people, loners who hover on the fringes, who scavenge what's left of the important stuff that more socially competent humans leave behind.

September 8, 2018 | Full Review…
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Provides the ideal template for McCarthy to project her talents onto a more sophisticated plane, and - complemented by a top-notch Richard E. Grant as Israel's partner-in-crime - she rises to the occasion.

September 4, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
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McCarthy's best performance to date, revealing haunting insights into friendship, loneliness, and creative insecurity.

September 3, 2018 | Full Review…

McCarthy's performance, which is paired with an equally rewarding turn by British actor Richard E. Grant, anchors this bizarre, compelling true story.

September 1, 2018 | Full Review…

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