as Robert Mapplethorpe
as Patti Smith
as Sam Wagstaff
as Edward Mapplethorpe
as Milton Moore
as Harry Mapplethorpe
as Joan Mapplethorpe
as Sandy Daley
as Father Stack
as David Croland
as Holly Solomon
as Tina Summerlin
as Emilio Acquavella
as Harold Jones
as Lisa Lyon
as Ken Moody
Critic Reviews for Mapplethorpe
This zoetrope-esque blurring ultimately lends Mapplethorpe its edge, as audiences will feel unable to tear themselves away from its protagonist's lavish self-destruction.
Smith's performance hints at tightly coiled depths that the movie skates by, and his character becomes easier to resent even when he begins to get sick.
The major thing that Mapplethorpe has in its favor is that the film is afraid of neither the life nor the work of the notorious photographer.
[Smith's] work, sadly, is continuously undermined by everything surrounding him, beginning with a script, written by Timoner and Mikko Alanne, that frustratingly sticks to the then-this-happened conventions of a standard biopic.
To her credit, Timoner doesn't shy away from the hardcore bits...but neither does she capture what made the radical photographer tick.
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