Set Fire To The Stars Reviews

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June 15, 2019
Summoning performances that saturate the screen, and dialogue that does just as much, Set Fire to the Stars proves to be as ambiguously affecting as its tortured source.
April 3, 2019
This melancholic picture, filmed in South Wales, should make a fine addition to contemporary reflections on the famously roguish poet.
June 6, 2016
Shot in jazzy black and white by cinematographer Chris Seager, and thundering with taste and tempo, Andy Goddard's film just sings.
November 12, 2015
Set Fire belongs to a genre that might be called Close Encounters With Greatness. They're not biopics, but glancing views by nobodies in a position to observe the backstage workings of genius. It's a formula, and Set Fire never gets beyond that formula.
July 10, 2015
Although the screenplay lacks insight into his creative process, the film playfully dissects stuffy postwar academic ostentation.
June 18, 2015
Gorgeous, evocative and well performed ...
June 14, 2015
Set Fire to the Stars may be thematically uneven, but the aforementioned performances and Chris Seager's cinematography more than make up for it.
June 13, 2015
The film wallows too much in its subject's glumness, but it comes alive whenever TV actor and co-writer Celyn Jones, whose only previous film credit is 2005's Lassie, plays Thomas as a big shaggy dog.
June 12, 2015
As tedious as "Set Fire to the Stars" gets, it remains watchable courtesy of the stunning black and white cinematography by Chris Seager.
June 11, 2015
"Set Fire to the Stars" barely skims the surface of characters you wish had been given more dimension, but as a snapshot of postwar academia and its pretensions, it exerts a creepy fascination.
June 11, 2015
Stylistically assured and tastefully appointed.
June 11, 2015
[A] watchable but thematically repetitive drama about Welsh poet Dylan Thomas' arrival in America in 1950.
June 11, 2015
Story of the love/hate relationship between the Welsh poet Dylan Thomas and his tour-agent during his first visit to America.
June 11, 2015
To me, the Great Men Who Wrote Epic Poetry But Were Otherwise Intolerable trope leaves much to be desired.
June 11, 2015
It's a terrifically rounded portrait that captures both Thomas's depressive neuroses and his zest for life.
June 11, 2015
It's left with little to do except point out that difficult artists can be hard on the people around them and to showcase some good poetry being read poorly.
June 10, 2015
A harrowing but tedious chronicle of Welsh poet Dylan Thomas' time in America in the 1950s.
June 10, 2015
It's almost as if everyone involved in Set Fire To The Stars got a little too understated for their own good.
June 10, 2015
Pretty good, and melancholy. But it could've been great.
June 10, 2015
From the get-go, Set Fire feels movieland-hokey, and more dumb than the people in it ...
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