Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool Reviews

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March 1, 2018
McGuigan's role is essentially to serve the script and the performers, and we can be grateful the project wasn't handed to a director more bent on imposing an authorial stamp.
February 16, 2018
Bening finds the shattered beauty in Grahame, the tragedy of an ex-star hanging on for dear life to her waning looks and fame that has long since passed her by.
February 14, 2018
The two [actors] have enough chemistry to get you past any queasiness about the age difference.
February 8, 2018
Bening is outstanding as a woman who fears that her fame and beauty are slipping away, and Bell ("Billy Elliot") brings to his character a heartbreaking vulnerability.
February 2, 2018
Annette Bening is one of those rare actresses who makes a movie, however otherwise deficient, worth seeing.
February 1, 2018
Worth seeing for Bening's brave and touching performance as an actress past her prime.
July 21, 2019
A love story that's told with respect and restraint.
July 19, 2019
(McGuigan) lets the actors work and succeed in illustrating without stridency a small and exciting story. [Full Review in Spanish]
May 26, 2019
A nicely made biopic on the former Hollywood film noir femme fatale, Gloria Grahame.
April 26, 2019
[It] might disappoint someone looking for a Gloria Grahame biopic but this film is a touching, sometimes funny, sometimes heart-breaking, tale about the power of friendship and love.
February 19, 2019
An intimately charming snapshot of what it means to age, to love, and to fight against whatever stands in the way of either.
December 13, 2018
Bening is extraordinary and ordinary, deftly balancing the complexities of Gloria's personality, and as with many Hollywood stars we aren't ever sure if they became legends despite or because of them.
November 16, 2018
Thankfully, Bening and Bell seem to know more about their respective characters (and their unusual supportive bond) than those at the creative controls of this middling movie.
October 30, 2018
While there could be more that goes into a Gloria Grahame film, as a May-December Hollywood weepie, Film Stars Die in Liverpool earns its Kleenex.
October 26, 2018
It's another compelling performance for the four-time Oscar nominee in a film that may sputter at times only to be lifted by Bening's stunning work.
October 26, 2018
A handsome but anemic sob story about the cruelty and vanity of Hollywood that isn't nearly as interesting as its central performance.
October 17, 2018
Their chemistry together is superb. The moving, well-judged, wonderfully acted film has humour, compassion, tenderness, kindness and sadness that is even more moving because it all basically happened.
October 4, 2018
Benning is unrecognisable in the role, breathing life in to a heightened, borderline otherworldly character - and leaving you wishing director Paul McGuigan would equally be able to breathe life in to the rest of his pedestrian picture.
September 17, 2018
No matter how dramatic the melodramatic conflict, director Paul McGuigan relates the brief but intense relationship of two characters that at times do not seem complementary without exaggeration. [Full review in Spanish]
September 10, 2018
What a performance, transformational, by Bening. Oscar-worthy.
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