Can You Ever Forgive Me? Reviews

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February 4, 2019
This film takes an altogether different view of the imitation game. By embracing frauds and failures, it achieves greatness on the sly.
February 1, 2019
The revelation of McCarthy's turn is that she's just allowed to be, without apology, without schmaltz.
January 30, 2019
McCarthy is very good at showing how Lee's unpleasant bad temper and rudeness were not simply part of her psychological makeup: they were symptoms of existential panic.
January 29, 2019
Everything - performance, script, direction, cinematography - works in perfect concert.
December 5, 2018
There are many films that portray the writing life, but not many that can be accused of realism. Anybody contemplating a literary career should be sat down and forced to watch Marielle Heller's Can You Ever Forgive Me?
November 15, 2018
The moment that will be McCarthy's Oscar clip (there's no doubt she'll get a nomination) comes when she stands before a judge and manages to be both contrite and yet triumphant...
August 19, 2019
The film has its entertaining moments and some comical one-liners McCarthy can't help but deliver no matter how dramatic the role...
July 25, 2019
A terrific film, with a lot to say about ingenuity and loneliness.
July 24, 2019
On paper, it's a pretty uninteresting heist movie better suited to the Coen Brothers but, in reality, this is a heart wrenching and relatable portrait of loneliness
July 8, 2019
Can You Ever Forgive Me? is a pleasure to watch even as you witness Israel's world crumbling around her. Some of McCarthy's finest work to date.
July 7, 2019
To all intents, in 1991, 51-year-old Lee Israel is all washed up. With her glory days as a Manhattan celebrity profiler and biographer long behind her, she's broke, jobless and alone.
June 21, 2019
demands we sympathise with the sad and seedy duo while giving us little reason to like them
June 3, 2019
Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty's script... portrays that world of collectors and memorabilia with warmth and melancholy. [Full review in Spanish]
June 3, 2019
Illustrates the slippery slope between white lies and felonies with disarming narrative grace.
May 23, 2019
It is clearly intended as awards bait for its star, but is also perfectly satisfying as a slow-burn crowd-pleaser
May 6, 2019
As our lead and reject of the American dream, Melissa McCarthy is astounding. This is easily her best dramatic role to date.
May 1, 2019
At once a low-key crime drama, a period piece, and a buddy-comedy of sorts, Can You Ever Forgive Me? is a loving tribute to a figure I'm sure many of us never knew about but deserves to be profiled all the same
April 18, 2019
It makes for an intriguing, sometime jaw-dropping wild trip, topped by what is easily the best performance that McCarthy has ever given.
April 11, 2019
The film serves as a wonderful showcase for her [McCarthy] dramatic talent and reveals how good the actress can be when she is working with an interesting story and well-written script.
April 2, 2019
Melissa McCarthy in her best role to date.
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