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Stage Beauty Reviews

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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
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
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.
| Original Score: B-

Sunday Times (Australia)
November 29, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Eric D. Snider
November 13, 2004
A droll, tart-tongued film, brimming with comic and dramatic possibilities.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Top Critic
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.
| 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
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
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
Top Critic
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
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
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
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.**
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