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      Can You Ever Forgive Me? Reviews

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      Melissa McCarthy turns in a great performance as the grouchy writer and Richard Grant is terrific as her gay sidekick.

      Full Review | Dec 7, 2022

      McCarthy and Grant have really nice chemistry and that makes for some entertaining back-and-forths between two otherwise shady people.

      Full Review | Original Score: 3/5 | Aug 19, 2022

      Films about writers are hard to make. Films about real-life writers impersonating multiple celebrities in letters bring an element of some much-welcomed lunacy to a film that makes Can You Ever Forgive Me? more of a literary Catch Me If You Can.

      Full Review | Original Score: 3.5 | Aug 17, 2022

      This film is a bittersweet delight and McCarthy shines in a role that should be thoroughly unappealing but isn’t. In fact, she delivers a kind of queer, feminist anti-hero that I have not seen before.

      Full Review | May 20, 2022

      Makes for an unlikely story of redemption, one that leaves its audience oddly appreciative of the artistry it took to carry out a fraud.

      Full Review | Original Score: 3/4 | Mar 4, 2022

      If you love Melissa McCarthy as a comedienne, you're still going to love her here.

      Full Review | Oct 5, 2021

      The plotting is a little woolly at times, but is entirely made up for by McCarthy, Grant and a pithy script the brings a sparkle of joy to this dowdy brown New York palette.

      Full Review | Original Score: 4/5 | Sep 1, 2021

      I'd pay to watch Melissa McCarthy stare at a wall. She'd make that a performance. Her ability to create emotional momentum out of thin air is second to none.

      Full Review | Original Score: 4/5 | Jul 30, 2021

      You've never seen two characters like this just get to hang out on a movie screen, and two hours is barely enough... I'm already desperately hoping there are hours of cut footage for the blu-ray to savor

      Full Review | Original Score: A | Jul 6, 2021

      Can You Ever Forgive Me? is a charming, understated movie that peers into the inner lives of two recluses.

      Full Review | Original Score: 4/5 | Jun 25, 2021

      Can You Ever Forgive Me? is ignited by Melissa McCarthy who gives the best performance of her career.

      Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5 | Jun 1, 2021

      McCarthy stars in this brilliant biopic of Lee Israel, a biographer-turned-literary forger who made a decent living faking letters in the style of greats like Noel Coward and Dorothy Parker.

      Full Review | May 11, 2021

      A hugely likeable movie about wholly unloveable criminals...

      Full Review | Apr 29, 2021

      Wraps up just a bit too conveniently, making it the best feel-good movie about loneliness and despondency ever made.

      Full Review | Original Score: 4/5 | Mar 1, 2021

      [Richard E. Grant] absolutely lights up the screen in every scene.

      Full Review | Feb 9, 2021

      The camaraderie, humor, and bittersweetness of the finale can't overcome the strangeness of Lee's fate, which doesn't feel like fitting justice.

      Full Review | Original Score: 6/10 | Dec 5, 2020

      McCarthy and Grant are dynamite.

      Full Review | Original Score: 4.0/4.0 | Nov 14, 2020

      Exceptional performances carry this peculiar true story.

      Full Review | Original Score: 4/5 | Nov 5, 2020

      This real-life rise and fall is amusing, as well as deftly acted by its two leads.

      Full Review | Oct 22, 2020

      Prickly enough to draw blood, the cranky, curmudgeonly Lee is far from likeable, but McCarthy brings out her vulnerability and has us rooting for her all the same.

      Full Review | Original Score: 4/5 | Oct 19, 2020

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