Hillbilly Elegy

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With the form of an awards-season hopeful but the soul of a bland melodrama, Hillbilly Elegy strands some very fine actors in the not-so-deep South.

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Movie Info

A Yale Law student drawn back to his Appalachian hometown reflects on his family's history and his own future.

Cast & Crew

Sunny Mabrey
Bonnie - Mamaw 30s
Vanessa Taylor
Screenwriter
Julie Oh
Executive Producer
Kevin Halloran
Executive Producer
J.D. Vance
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William M. Connor
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Maryse Alberti
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  • The film is like a package of assorted chicken parts that can't be assembled back into something approximating the shape of an actual animal - there's way too much of some stuff, while certain essentials are missing entirely.

    November 24, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Here's a rare example of a Netflix prestige film that neither runs too long nor overstays its welcome.

    November 24, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • These would theoretically be juicy roles for Adams and Close, but even with those stars letting loose, the conversations about broader cultural and economic challenges that the book triggered get obscured by what feels more like a Lifetime movie.

    November 24, 2020 | Full Review…

    Brian Lowry

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  • Hillbilly Elegy isn't as terrible as the trailers make it look, but as an enterprise it's just all-around sad, a movie that courts sympathy for its characters yet ends up only as a requiem for itself.

    November 24, 2020 | Full Review…
  • The best thing I can say about this movie is also the most damning, given Mamaw's proud indifference to anyone's good opinion of her. It's respectable.

    November 24, 2020 | Full Review…
  • On the page, Vance's Mamaw at least had complexity, a bad parent herself born of others. Howard smooths and syrups until she is no more than a Pez dispenser of chain-smoking tough love.

    November 21, 2020 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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