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Stage Beauty Reviews

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Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
May 4, 2005
Danes, as usual, overplays her character's every emotion.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
April 17, 2005
"Stage Beauty" has the grace and charm of a great play. It has its acts, its drama and its comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer
March 11, 2005
A vapid confection.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
Boyd van Hoeij
March 11, 2005
A promisingly playful piece that turns out to be more interested in pleasing the general audience rather than its own heart.
Wilson Morales
January 25, 2005
It's Crudup's performance that takes the film from being dull and stage-like to exhilarating and entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
January 21, 2005
This is one of those roles that actors kill for, and Cruddup hits it out of the park.
Full Review | Original Score: B
David Keyes
January 12, 2005
...the kind of picture that comes with challenges but is not afraid to meet them - or indeed, overcome them - head on.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Catholic Sun
January 5, 2005
Handles provocative issues of sexuality and gender with intelligence and grace
Paul Matwychuk
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
January 4, 2005
Stage Beauty pretends to be a celebration of acting, but in fact it's saying you'll be happiest if you go through life playing the most conventional role you can find.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
December 27, 2004
... questions of sexual identity eventually take a subordinate position to a more obvious story about the origins of method acting.
Read More | Original Score: B-
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
November 27, 2004
It never amounts to more than middlebrow theater fare.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Emanuel Levy
November 14, 2004
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Full Review | Original Score: C
Eric D. Snider
November 13, 2004
A droll, tart-tongued film, brimming with comic and dramatic possibilities.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
November 12, 2004
All too often, this period comedy-drama takes itself far too seriously.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
November 12, 2004
While the names and places are authentic, the byplay between Kynaston and Maria is not.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kathy Cano Murillo
Arizona Republic
November 11, 2004
The attraction to Stage Beauty is that it is just as much a campy comedy as it is an elegant drama.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
November 9, 2004
A movie that recognizes the poetry in both Shakespeare and Benny Hill.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
November 8, 2004
Kudos for at least working Claire Danes' glaringly limited abilities into the storyline. Now if they could only do something about the sophomoric script and nasty mysogyny...
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
November 7, 2004
At its worst, the film prioritizes its own seriousness (which it never achieves anyway) over any form of audience appeal (which is the best this material can aspire to).
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Vince Koehler
Entertainment Spectrum
November 7, 2004
Richard Griffith was stellar as the lecherous Sir Charles Sedley. Ben Chaplin was good as the Duke of Buckingham. A jolly good show.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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