McKellen: Playing the Part Reviews

October 8, 2019
McKellen: Playing the Part is a fascinating collection of interviews, snapshots, home movies and film clips, all narrated by the chatty McKellen, who fills every moment with intelligence, humour and emotion.
February 28, 2019
An essential watch for both fans of McKellen and those interested in an experienced actor's perspective as a whole.
October 4, 2018
It's a must-see for any fan, and, be honest, is there anyone who's not an Ian McKellen fan?
September 26, 2018
McKellen's rich turn of phrase and self-deprecating expertise with building the perfect anecdote makes him tremendous company throughout here.
September 26, 2018
A comprehensive and entertaining enough overview ... [but] Sir Ian deserves at least two hours ... it's a bit of everything in 92 minutes, and as such, it's completely entertaining, charming and lovely while also being annoyingly unsatisfying.
September 21, 2018
The film, filled with photographs and clips from McKellen's films, is a revealing insight into an important contributor to theatre and cinema.
September 21, 2018
Endlessly fascinating and well crafted, McKellen: Playing The Part burrows deep into the mind of its subject, and the craft of acting itself.
September 6, 2018
McKellen: Playing the Part is a celebration of a life particularly well-lived. McKellen emerges as a clear-eyed, impish, utterly professional and pragmatic optimist.
September 5, 2018
What a treat it is to have the Oscar-award winner telling his own story in his own words.
September 5, 2018
A captivating insight into the life and times of a much beloved stage and screen actor...
September 4, 2018
Essentially based around a single interview, Playing the Part allows McKellen's avuncular personality, warmth and wicked humour to shine.
June 6, 2018
The doc also recalls a simpler age when people became famous because of their accomplishments, rather than striving for fame as a goal in itself.
June 1, 2018
It's a powerful and vast anthology straight from the horse's mouth.
May 31, 2018
Who wouldn't want to spend 90 minutes in the company of Sir Ian McKellen?
May 30, 2018
An absolute treat of an interview with a man who has told other people's stories wonderfully for decades and tells his own just as well.
May 28, 2018
McKellen is a born storyteller - able to provide colour and context with a quirky detail, raised eyebrow, or roll of the tongue. He is also unpretentious, which is what makes this such a warm and endearing encounter.
May 25, 2018
Yet even - perhaps especially - in morbid mood, [Ian McKellen] is never less than beguiling.
May 25, 2018
The thrilling clips here of his big Shakespearean roles are worth the price of a ticket alone.
November 14, 2017
Eben Bolter's almost expressionist lighting gives the red-chair interviews a theatrical warmth. The editing, like the acting, is impressively off-handed in the recreated scenes, which flip by like quickly turned pages in a book of memories.