Mapplethorpe Reviews

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September 20, 2019
It has dialogue that I would be embarrassed to put on the page.
August 19, 2019
Smith is unforgettable as Mapplethorpe.
April 4, 2019
[A] dry retelling of the artist's life with much of the passion kept at bay.
March 22, 2019
...the film feels almost cowardly by the end...
March 22, 2019
How do you hew so close to biopic conventions -a dutiful recitation of this event happened, this fame arrived, that tragedy struck, etc - when you're dealing with an artist whose whole raison d'etre was finding beauty at the extreme edges of things?
March 15, 2019
Aren't biopics terrible?
March 14, 2019
Matt Smith's portrayal of the mercurial, brooding genius is nearly as provocative as Robert Mapplethorpe's famous photograph 'Calla Lilly', elevating the film.
March 13, 2019
If the new biopic "Mapplethorpe" presents this transgressive vision is vivid detail - and it does - that's only because it includes so many of Mapplethorpe's pictures. Everything else in the film is timid and pedestrian.
March 8, 2019
The acting is uneven, but the film almost captures how Mapplethorpe was a visionary artist and openly gay man at just the right moment in history.
March 8, 2019
"Mapplethorpe" paints a dark, depressing picture of the tortured artist but does little to answer any questions about his motivations.
March 7, 2019
In actor Smith's nicely paced and nuanced performance, Mapplethorpe is a selfish rebel redeemed, just barely, by his aesthetics.
March 7, 2019
The full-adult-life arc is increasingly unfashionable in biopics, with reason: Many elements in Mapplethorpe feel glossed over, particularly Robert's lifelong friendship with Patti Smith (Marianne Rendón).
March 7, 2019
It's a waste of a terrifically seductive performance by Smith, who captures Mapplethorpe's enigmatic presence and arrogance.
March 6, 2019
There's a way to frame great art and the problematic artists who make it, but "Mapplethorpe" hasn't figured it out.
March 6, 2019
A meandering study of photographic ability with occasional inspections of obsessions and ego.
March 5, 2019
In all this, Smith gives Mapplethorpe an electric vulnerability, breaking down the wall between the artist's personal and public life.
March 2, 2019
It's Mapplethorpe Vanilla.
March 1, 2019
Smith is effortlessly good, but his efforts are wasted in this numbing, by-the-numbers biopic, and the real Mapplethorpe's striking visual creations are blunted by a middling, timid presentation.
March 1, 2019
It's a rise and fall picture that gives you no reason to care about the rise or the fall
March 1, 2019
A conventional biopic of renegade photographer Robert Mapplethorpe (a stranded Matt Smith) is a contradiction in terms, the pallid result feeling like an outline for a movie that no one actually made.
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