Seberg Reviews

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January 14, 2020
Alas, Australian director Benedict Andrews has no insight into this tragic story. He's more interested in making Seberg palatable to viewers who might see her as a Left-wing extremist or, indeed, a liberal phoney.
January 14, 2020
Kristen Stewart's performance burns with far greater intensity than the middling material that surrounds it.
January 10, 2020
[T]he film... is fantastically flat.
January 9, 2020
The film never quite rings true.
Top Critic
December 16, 2019
Considering the horrors that constitute the current volatile political situation in America, Seberg is more relevant than ever.
December 13, 2019
Whatever the flaws in this wobbly tale of the FBI's persecution of actress Jean Seberg, the body-and-soul performance of Kristen Stewart is not one of them. Stewart reminds us of Seberg's once vibrant strength and defiance and stands up for her truth.
December 13, 2019
However well-intentioned the effort to unearth Seberg's legacy and open this shameful chapter in American History, the movie's simplistic approach doesn't quite do her memory justice.
December 13, 2019
Obvious points are made repeatedly; characters spout slogans rather than naturalistic dialogue; dramatic payoffs feel unearned.
December 12, 2019
By the end, Stewart is enough of a force to give Seberg's darkest moments their due, but it's too little, too late for the superficial soup that is the movie that bears her name.
December 12, 2019
A flawed and fascinating film about fame and martyrdom.
December 6, 2019
Seberg was that most benighted of creatures, the paranoiac who is dead right, and her fears are enshrined in Stewart's performance, at once twitchy and refined; notice how she touches her hairline, as if to check the lid of her head.
September 14, 2019
A bland period piece with an irritating lack of focus.
September 9, 2019
A film that lacks a consistent POV or thematic purpose to such a degree that it becomes grating.
September 4, 2019
Unfortunately, the film built around [Stewart's] performance is a dud, heavy-handed in its script and awkwardly sententious about the cause of Black Power.
September 3, 2019
Everything comes to feel inauthentic, to the point where Seberg only comes to life when it commits to full-bore theatricality.
August 30, 2019
A potentially intriguing story, told without any subtlety or drama.
August 30, 2019
It tells us that Seberg was wronged and that she looked really great in a bra - and not necessarily in that order.
August 30, 2019
Stewart keeps you glued throughout, giving a coolly compelling performance that becomes steadily more poignant as the subject unravels.
Top Critic
August 30, 2019
That "Seberg," for all its false notes and missed opportunities, remains pretty compulsive viewing is almost entirely down to the peculiar star magnetism of Stewart...
August 30, 2019
Stewart never attempts to completely impersonate Jean Seberg, but what Stewart does capture is the spark in Seberg's eyes; she also knows how to turn off that spark, which adds additional heartbreak to the later scenes of a despairing, suicidal Seberg.
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