Mapplethorpe Reviews

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October 2, 2019
Sadly, it feels like a passive slide-show of a Wikipedia entry, albeit a beautiful one.
September 20, 2019
It has dialogue that I would be embarrassed to put on the page.
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 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
"Mapplethorpe" paints a dark, depressing picture of the tortured artist but does little to answer any questions about his motivations.
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 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 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.
March 1, 2019
Ultimately the movie, with its gimcrack period pageantry, cannot escape its essential conundrum: that it is subordinate, inferior to the still images that festoon it.
March 1, 2019
A stunningly drab take on the life and legacy of a photographer who merged pornography with grace, Mapplethorpe doesn't have an artistic signature of its own, so much as a name it doesn't live up to.
March 1, 2019
The movie has the virtue of not fudging anything. Gay sex and affection are casually presented, and Mapplethorpe's hardest-core photographs receive unflinching screen time.
Top Critic
March 1, 2019
A rare misfire for [Timoner], a case where the filmmaker's career-long immersion in prickly subcultures and extreme personalities wasn't enough to wrestle down one of the most extreme of them all.
February 28, 2019
Iconic subject, powerful leading performance, but weighed down by a Wikipedia-entry vehicle that seeks to show everything, and as a result, speeds past the moments that would give it real emotional depth.
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