I Saw the Light Reviews

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January 2, 2017
I Saw the Light doesn't just fail to illuminate Williams' complicated life and his prodigious talent; it can't even capture the dark corners of a man with more than enough to peer into.
May 8, 2016
Bleak biopics don't have to be grim (think of Raging Bull). But this one is neither illuminating nor able to make the most of the dark.
May 5, 2016
I Saw The Light gives us an exceptional central performance -- but one that is entombed in a very dull and listless film.
May 5, 2016
An interestingly acted curiosity.
May 5, 2016
The genre's most egregious clichs aren't just put to work, but paraded around like prize sheep.
May 5, 2016
One of the better music biopics.
April 18, 2016
Sadly, the movie is a snooze, but see it just for the magnificent Hiddleston, who honors Williams' greatness but also wriggles beyond it.
April 8, 2016
Hiddleston is compelling as Williams, the king of hillbilly music, noting that when he finds a note he's fond of, "I like to hang on to it." One might say the same about director Abraham.
April 7, 2016
Hiddleston's uncanny musical performances, all filmed live, help redeem a movie that exhibits the flawed brilliance of its subject.
April 7, 2016
Saw the Light is not a movie that ever catches fire. One hopes the story will be told again, with more emphasis on what went on inside Hank Williams than on what went on around him.
April 1, 2016
There's some drinkin', some cheatin', some yellin', and some cryin'. But there ain't nothin' here that explains why, as Williams tells us, all kinds of people write to him just to share their troubles.
April 1, 2016
Tom Hiddleston puts in a performance as Williams that ranks with that of Joaquin Phoenix as Johnny Cash in "I Walk the Line." And Hiddleston gets to do it in a better movie.
April 1, 2016
There's no pop to the story, no excitement; instead of a Williams concert, it's like hearing his songs faintly in the background on a diner jukebox. There's more punch in an obituary of the singer than there is here.
April 1, 2016
The feeblest kind of costume drama, where the costumes have more impact than the drama and where the period details serve only as distraction, reminding audiences that things looked different back then and not much else.
March 31, 2016
The movie falls victim to the usual biopic malaise: It doesn't have anything interesting to say about a life that was far from ordinary.
March 31, 2016
Even when I Saw the Light is giving us standard-issue concert scenes or simple interior sequences such as young Hank and his band playing live on the radio, the saturated colors and the subtle camera moves make every scene pop.
March 31, 2016
"I Saw the Light" isn't just incohesive, but ultimately - and far more frustratingly - incoherent.
March 31, 2016
If you've always thought, as I have, that Tom Hiddleston was such a good actor he could salvage any movie, well, welcome to "I Saw the Light."
March 31, 2016
If you're interested in Williams and his music, this film is better than nothing - but not by much.
March 31, 2016
Williams is never shown composing; if characters didn't occasionally mention it, you'd never know he was a songwriter, let alone one of the all-time American greats.
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