Hillbilly Elegy Reviews

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November 25, 2020
Despite top talent on both sides of the camera, this adaptation manages to whittle down Vance's coming-of-age story into a shamelessly manipulative mess more likely to elicit anger than sympathy.
November 25, 2020
If Vance's book was a page-turner with a message, Howard's film is just one damn thing after another: fights, screaming matches, drug sprees, shoplifting episodes, police interactions. It gets to be unintentionally comic at times.
November 25, 2020
The sum of the parts never quite add up. This is a film that is competently made and has some interesting work from Close, but it's a bit inconsistent and never quite sure what it wants to say.
November 25, 2020
While Ron Howard should certainly be ashamed of the finished product, the core rot at the heart of this project traces all the way to the source material.
November 25, 2020
As a director, Ron Howard is more a storyteller than stylist, but at his best he can bring out the essential humanity of his characters, letting viewers into their lives with compassion and understanding. That's what he does with Hillbilly Elegy.
November 25, 2020
A mediocre melodrama full of poverty porn, one that moves slowly and doesn't deliver anything memorable
November 25, 2020
Amy Adams is asked to do too much but still ekes out a sympathetic portrait, while Asztalos is quite good and Glenn Close is Oscar-worthy as J.D.'s curmudgeonly, take-no-s--- grandma.
November 25, 2020
With eloquent performances, particularly from Close, it's a story that will resonate with many.
November 25, 2020
Hillbilly Elegy sounds folksy, but conveys nothing. It's the "and neutral" of movies, taking up space to no end at all.
November 25, 2020
The film is less an elegy, more a limerick. It's one you've likely heard before. The punchline is in the title and you hear it in every confrontation, in the way JD says "syrup", and all the sugary platitudes and melodrama.
November 24, 2020
Howard's film would've been far more interesting had it been willing to explore [the complexity of poverty], instead of sanitizing it and shining it up nicely for award season.
November 24, 2020
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
Here's a rare example of a Netflix prestige film that neither runs too long nor overstays its welcome.
November 24, 2020
In real life, Vance's depiction of his grandparents aroused controversy. Hillbilly Elegy stirs curiosity--to read the book.
November 24, 2020
Netflix didn't want me to review "Hillbilly Elegy," and now I understand why.
November 24, 2020
There is little narrative arc, only a raw glimpse of this flawed family, so Howard and his collaborators strain for significance that always eludes them.
November 24, 2020
'Hillbilly Elegy' does a solid impression of a good movie, but it never comes together.
November 24, 2020
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
Not even one truly likeable character to be seen in this movie.
November 24, 2020
Close performs with determination and fierceness, always providing a hint of vulnerability. [Full review in Spanish]
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