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Stage Beauty Reviews

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Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
November 7, 2004
It's a juicy, reality-driven plot that you'd think would work like a charm, but Stage Beauty falls flat on more than one occasion.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
November 5, 2004
Has a lot to say and manages to say most of it in an unexpectedly entertaining way -- and also with no small amount of poignancy.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
November 5, 2004
It's a Restoration romantic comedy that struggles with the romance and isn't nearly comic enough.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
November 5, 2004
Has a weird, compelling energy, fueled by a deliciously dynamic cast, a cheerfully bawdy and odd story line and a refreshing, impossible romance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
November 5, 2004
Crammed with ideas but undermined by a dramatically fuzzy middle passage in which nothing much happens and a central relationship that doesn't quite wash.
Sean O'Connell
Eclipse Magazine
November 5, 2004
Stays witty and light, well-performed by its leads and buoyed by George Fenton's lively score.
Full Review | Original Score: B
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
November 5, 2004
Bypasses its provocative potential to follow the well-trod path of 'Tootsie' and 'Mrs. Doubtfire': being a 'woman' is just another way for a man to become a better man.
| Original Score: 2/4
Larry Ratliff
San Antonio Express-News
November 5, 2004
The story's good, the sets of Old London are terrific and memories of Andrew Dunn's cinematography will linger. The outstanding acting, though, that's the thing.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Phoebe Flowers
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
November 4, 2004
This is easily the best work Danes has done in the decade since TV's My So-Called Life.
| Original Score: 3/4
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
November 4, 2004
The material is intriguing, the dialogue is often biting and the film is richly appointed in costume and setting. But the character-centric film captures little of the character of the period.
| Original Score: 2.5/4

Premiere Magazine
November 2, 2004
The result is more bawdy diversion than historical fable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Prairie Miller
WBAI Web Radio
November 1, 2004
An odd, stilted production that is nearly too contemporary in its flippant sentiments for its own good.
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
November 1, 2004
Can be enjoyed in fits and starts, but overall it's a near-miss.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Jon Popick
Planet Sick-Boy
October 28, 2004
A poorly-balanced train wreck.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
October 28, 2004
I can't imagine anyone other than the marvelous Billy Crudup as Ned Kynaston.
Angela Baldassarre
October 27, 2004
Intelligent and engrossing, Sir Richard Eyre's filmic rendition of Jeffrey Hatcher's play is beautifully crafted and terrifically performed.**
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
October 26, 2004
Stage Beauty, despite many merits, seems to reach the harmful conclusion that sex with Claire Danes will cure homosexuality.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/4
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
October 24, 2004
Eyre and screenwriter Jeffrey Hatcher have transitioned Hatcher's stage play to the screen without losing its theatrical heart. Crudup and Danes give it its romantic one.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Boo Allen
Denton Record-Chronicle
October 23, 2004
The best movie of the year about 1660s stage politics.
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October 22, 2004
To quote Jon Lovitz's Master Thespian character - 'It's ACTING... Brilliant!'
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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