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Mr. Turner Reviews

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½ June 5, 2017
Spall shows why he's such a fine actor but his performance can't rescue this film from sheer tedium. Stylishly made but the plot just isn't there and the film just lumbers forward at a deathly slow pace.
April 29, 2017
A slow epic, but beautiful and well acted.
½ March 31, 2017
Quite an underwhelming movie. Think they could have done a good job with making it a bit more exciting and fun. Lots of dull moments .
½ March 7, 2017
Excellent looking period drama with Timothy Spall putting in a superb, characterful performance of one of Britain's most celebrated painters.
February 15, 2017
A peculiarity. Stunning cinematography. Messy narrative leaving an unsatisfactory feeling of a work nowhere near complete.
February 7, 2017
Timothy Spall is outstanding in his characterisation of Turner.
January 30, 2017
It's a film for art lovers for it portrays the life of Turner vividly, but a disaster comparing with other films of Mike Leigh.
½ January 28, 2017
A tad overlong at 150 minutes, but warmly lit throughout by some good acting and beautiful cinematography.
January 15, 2017
British/French production exploring the life (well last 25 years or so) of some British painter J.M.W. Turner who is apparently well known in art circles. Not in mine.
At a whopping two and a half hour length it is a bit of an effort but not a bad film. It has high production values and a great central performance from Timothy Spall as Turner complete with his slobby lifestyle eccentricity as well as artistic genius displayed on screen. In one scene he is strapped to the mast of a ship so he can paint a storm causing bronchitis in the process.
I mean high production values in terms of keeping with the period (early to mid nineteenth century).
Spall has certainly come a long way from his role as Brummie Barry in the television series Auf Wiedersehn Pet in the 1980s.
The cast is well..unknown besides Spall.
The art direction and production design is top notch.
It was filmed around the UK including such locations as Wentworth Woodhouse in South Yorkshire.
½ January 5, 2017
A biopic that doesn't pander.
November 25, 2016
Very weird and creepy. Mr turner was a rude perverted man
November 19, 2016
Although it is very unlikely that I would rewatch this movie again, I gotta say "Mr. Turner" is a terrific biopic. Timothy Spall is fantastic and the cinematography is so stunning that it makes you feel like every shot is a piece of painting. Hats off to Mike Leigh because this is a gorgeously directed film. It's a little too long, but I found the overall story fascinating.
October 28, 2016
Long, slow and with accents you wish you'd never experienced. Bored me silly. Nice Cinematography though.
October 25, 2016
I hated this movie. Yes it was cinematographically amazing-with artistic shots reminiscent of Mr. Turner's paintings, yes the acting and costumes transported you to the time period so you had a very real feel of the historic sweep of the life of Mr. Turner-but what the heck was going on in Mr. Turner's personal life? What is this bizarre sexual relationship with the maid, why does he ignore his wife and children, what are his emotional reactions to the various negative feedback about his paintings. There is no story arc, there is no growth in the character, there is no resolution or climax. Perhaps if it is viewed as an art movie it is supposed to be excused from these requirements-but I found the movie terribly unfulfilling and ultimately disappointing and a terrible waste of time.
October 22, 2016
Probably the most boring movie in the word. No plot at all and just bumps along
October 21, 2016
Only one thing wrong with Mr Turner. It ends. Pure mature beauty.
September 19, 2016
The cinematography is great, but there wasn't much of a story, and Turner as portrayed here seems to be an awful lot like other characters played by Timothy Spall in various films and tv shows...
September 5, 2016
really the most interesting film I've seen in ages. the complex characters, the brilliant acting -- so deep into their characters, Hannah the maid dominates her scenes in spite of saying only five or six words in the entire film, and finally, Dick Cole's luscious cinematography (if you don't like the story, forget it
just look at England in the early years of the 19th century.). the film is a rare trey
September 4, 2016
A modest portrait of JMW Turner's life.
August 7, 2016
Don`t buy it. Yes this biography is about epic Artist, but ... in movie version ? failed
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