Set Fire To The Stars Reviews

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June 18, 2015
Gorgeous, evocative and well performed ...
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
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.
June 7, 2015
At least it doesn't make the biopic mistake of attempting to check off every moment of a man's life over the course of a few hours' worth of running time.
May 28, 2015
A haunting account of Welsh poet Dylan Thomas' first tour of America in 1950, "Set Fire to the Stars" is at once curiously subdued and unnervingly unpredictable.
November 14, 2014
This chapter from Thomas's later years doesn't provide enough narrative tension to sustain a conventional three-act film. But it does provide ample material for compelling, duelling character studies.
November 9, 2014
A boisterously rotund performance by co-writer/star Celyn Jones provides the heart of this slight but diverting tale ...
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 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 6, 2014
Not exactly a revelation, but a novel take on the biopic format.
November 4, 2014
This ambitious low-budget Welsh drama never quite finds a way to make its emotional drama matter much to the audience.
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