Ray & Liz Reviews

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Top Critic
July 12, 2019
We often say art "cuts close to the bone," but in its depiction of clinking liquor bottles and drawers of unopened rent notices soaked in dog urine, Ray & Liz slices clean through that bone.
July 11, 2019
Performed with absolute commitment by its cast (Justin Salinger and Ella Smith play the younger versions of the title characters), "Ray & Liz" is a quietly harrowing movie.
July 10, 2019
With its very tamped-down emotion, Bellingham's decision not to attempt insight or empathy is the most telling display of the consequences of his story.
July 9, 2019
[A] film in which the memories you can't shake and the memories you won't let go become indistinguishable from the ones you never had.
March 1, 2019
A quietly enraged, ultimately compassionate portrait of people who have nothing.
Top Critic
August 8, 2018
"Ray & Liz" is formally arresting and rigorous, though not at the expense of its direct emotional force.
July 15, 2019
Gorgeously photographed on 16mm, Richard Billingham's Ray and Liz counters the grubby, quasi-authentic tenets of so-called British miserablism with humor, beauty, and a sensuality that in no way dilutes the hardships and neglect at its core
July 12, 2019
Brought to life by the gorgeous visual experimentation of cinematographer Daniel Landin and anchored by the matriarchal fury of Ella Smith's unassailable performance, Ray & Liz is a captivating depiction of genuine tragedy.
July 11, 2019
Billingham isn't interested in pretty images, but he does create striking ones.
July 10, 2019
The movie is beautifully shot (in a squarish 16mm format) and offers both claustrophobia and a muted but insistent respect for the human need to do more than survive.
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