Mr. Turner Reviews

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February 6, 2015
Mike Leigh's biopic is so richly detailed that it feels like a documentary. Spall goes for broke in the outsize title role.
January 23, 2015
At 150 minutes, it's a little too long but there are stretches during its course when it captivates and amazes.
January 22, 2015
You leave "Mr. Turner," as with all good fact-based films, wanting to know more about this man and his work - and remembering that beautiful, almost touchable light, on the canvas and on the screen.
January 15, 2015
For modern moviegoers, the earthy "Mr. Turner" may seem like slowly steeped tea with an unpleasant aftertaste. But while some are impatiently waiting for the paint to dry, astute viewers will see a cinematic landscape bloom.
January 12, 2015
If the past is a foreign country, then "Mr. Turner" is one of the most rhapsodic foreign films you may ever see.
January 9, 2015
Mr. Turner is no barrel of laughs. It's a barrel of life - an extraordinary one.
January 8, 2015
Mr. Turner, like just about all movies made by Mike Leigh, creates the sensation of being in a vividly realized mini-universe built from the ground up.
January 8, 2015
An inspired film, a beautiful exploration of art and creation and difficulty, with Spall's brilliant performance at its center.
January 2, 2015
Timothy Spall gives an admirably warty and unpleasant performance as Turner, an arrogant and uncompromising man who's annoyed by his celebrity in Britain but shocked when the public turns against his work.
January 2, 2015
A gorgeous, important film.
January 2, 2015
Failure isn't only the province of the lazy and uninspired. No, even the gifted and conscientious must occasionally take a stroll through that blasted landscape, and with Mr. Turner Leigh does it, for 2 1/2 hours. Don't go with him.
January 2, 2015
Epic in breadth and length (2 1/2 hours), and gorgeously photographed (digitally) by Bill Pope, Mr. Turner is intimate in incident.
January 2, 2015
Every scene in the film crackles with Mike Leigh's instinct for dramatic comedy and layered theme, but Mr Turner is also startlingly beautiful to behold.
January 2, 2015
Leigh's process once again yields a compassionate narrative in which subtle glances and asides tell the story as much as the plot itself.
January 2, 2015
As is usual with any Mike Leigh film -- a style unique and trademarked by now -- his ensemble is a collection of remarkably adept actors who know their characters so well they could stay in character for weeks, continually improvising, as they often do.
December 31, 2014
To use a word often associated with Turner and his art, it's sublime.
December 24, 2014
Mr. Turner manages to illuminate that nexus between biography and art with elegant understatement.
December 24, 2014
The gap between the celestial art of the great English romantic painter Joseph Mallord William Turner and the brutish details of his life is vividly explored in Mike Leigh's tragicomic movie Mr. Turner.
Top Critic
December 24, 2014
A vacuous endurance test about an abstract loser.
December 24, 2014
I can't say enough about the power of Spall's performance.
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