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...
November 5, 2018
Can You Ever Forgive Me? works, largely, because director Marielle Heller and screenwriter Nicole Holofcener approach this totally unlikeable character from a place of unconditional love and understanding.
November 3, 2018
McCarthy plays it straight, allowing her talent as an actress - often hidden under the dreck for which she draws big paychecks - to shine through.
November 2, 2018
It's not a rebirth for McCarthy, but it's an awakening, and a reminder of what she can do when she dives into a project worthy of her talents.
November 2, 2018
Melissa McCarthy's bid for dramatic cred is just nasty enough to be enjoyable, thanks hugely to Richard E. Grant's gleeful turn as a dimwitted but high-spirited end-of-the-line party boy who befriends our heroine just as she touches bottom.
November 1, 2018
McCarthy hits a career high in this funny-sad film about a talented miscreant.
November 1, 2018
It's been a while since I've enjoyed spending so much time with someone so unpleasant.
October 31, 2018
By the movie's too-quick end, all you want is to hang out with these two just a little bit longer...
October 29, 2018
I have to admit the subtlety and fullness of her performance in this film did hit me as a shock to the system.
October 26, 2018
McCarthy and Grant are both note-perfect in their portrayal of two people at the end of their rope who have no business being friends, or getting away with as much as they do, or having such a good time along the way.
October 26, 2018
Blowsy and boozy, Israel is as nubbly as her sweaters, but her longing for human attachment pierces through, up from beneath her own encrusted armour.
October 26, 2018
[McCarthy] brings her dowdiest, most disagreeable A-game to a caustically funny, improbably affecting enterprise.
October 25, 2018
[McCarthy is] brilliantly paired with Grant, the salt to his sugar, and they both have a chance this year to win Oscars, or nominations at the very least.
October 25, 2018
At times Can You Ever Forgive Me? is actually quite funny and of course McCarthy is great in those scenes - but she's equally effective in the darkest, most dramatic moments. It's one of the finest performances of the year.
October 24, 2018
Heller delivers a solid movie with fantastic acting, creativity and engagement.
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