Mapplethorpe Reviews

August 19, 2019
Smith is unforgettable as Mapplethorpe.
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 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 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
It's a waste of a terrifically seductive performance by Smith, who captures Mapplethorpe's enigmatic presence and arrogance.
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 1, 2019
There are two things that make the flawed "Mapplethorpe" worth a watch: Matt Smith's dedicated performance, and a reverent inclusion of so much of the artist's work.
February 28, 2019
[D]irector Ondi Timoner... has crafted a stylish, evocative, absorbing snapshot of creative expression, artistic ambition, sexuality and eroticism.
February 27, 2019
Even though Mapplethorpe is not a documentary, it has elements that make you feel like you are watching one.
January 23, 2019
It's gorgeously shot in a grainy style that seamlessly mixes with period footage.
November 30, 2018
This is an honest film above all else. It doesn't excuse Mapplethorpe's transgressions, but it manages to celebrate his work in spite of them.
September 27, 2018
It takes some effort to turn the story of New York City's notorious bad boy of photography into something of a yawn, but this biopic pretty much manages.
Top Critic
May 8, 2018
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.
May 2, 2018
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.
April 24, 2018
Smith gives us a credible, flawed, gifted Mapplethorpe over two decades, an unlikeable man who hires his brother as an assistant and then torments him.