Set Fire To The Stars Reviews

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.
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
[A] watchable but thematically repetitive drama about Welsh poet Dylan Thomas' arrival in America in 1950.
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 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
From the get-go, Set Fire feels movieland-hokey, and more dumb than the people in it ...
June 8, 2015
A steady, austere treatment of a notoriously and riotously rambunctious subject, Set Fire to the Stars takes a non-incendiary, safe-hands approach to potentially combustible material.
November 8, 2014
When it comes to Thomas himself, despite Jones's spirited performance, the film doesn't succeed in bottling lightning. There are flashes of the poet's genius amid the boozy windbaggery, but the demons that drove him remain elusive.
November 7, 2014
Director Andy Goddard makes atmospheric use of black-and-white cinematography and 1950s settings, but aside from one scene of drunken confession by the fireside in a Connecticut cabin, the story fails to engage.
November 7, 2014
Set Fire to the Stars benefits from crisp monochrome cinematography and two solid lead performances, but the end result feels somewhat flat, and it's difficult to see who the film will appeal to.
November 7, 2014
There is no sentimentality in Andy Goddard's direction and in fact, Thomas's utter disregard for how his actions impact on Brinnin (and his wife, back home in Wales) makes him tough to like.
November 6, 2014
It's a good-looking film, shot expressively in black-and-white, but in some ways it's like a sketch for a stage play.
November 4, 2014
This ambitious low-budget Welsh drama never quite finds a way to make its emotional drama matter much to the audience.
July 4, 2014
Its appreciation of Thomas' work remains superficial, while the polished filmmaking never quite finds its own poetry.
June 25, 2014
The tone is curiously flat and the script light on genuine insight: we see the torment fuelling Thomas, but too rarely share or understand it.
June 23, 2014
Andy Goddard's stylishly shot movie doesn't succeed in forming a sustained emotional connection with the viewer.