Temple Grandin 2010

Temple Grandin

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A heartfelt glimpse into Temple Grandin's mind, this engrossing biopic reaches its full potential thanks to Claire Danes' unsentimental performance.

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Before enrolling in college, famed animal husbandry expert Temple Grandin (Claire Danes) visits a cattle ranch owned by her aunt Ann (Catherine O'Hara) and demonstrates a brilliance for all things mechanical. Once classes begin, the autistic Grandin rises to meet the intellectual challenges -- though the social ones are a bit more difficult. Grandin triumphs over prejudice to become an innovator in the field of animal care, and a lifelong advocate for humane slaughtering practices.

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Critic Reviews for Temple Grandin

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (18) | Fresh (30)

  • As noted, none of this seems like the stuff of riveting drama. It is, though. Still only 30, Danes shows she's now ready and able to take command of any acting challenge put in her path.

    July 30, 2020 | Rating: A | Full Review…

    Ed Bark

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  • Temple Grandin is an amazingly assembled, superbly acted, strikingly sweet film about Grandin's life -- and the cows' death.

    July 30, 2020 | Full Review…
  • HBO's fine biopic serves as an important reminder that people with autism spectrum disorders are individuals rather than collections of tics.

    July 30, 2020 | Full Review…
  • What's striking about Temple Grandin is the absence of sentimentality; no syrupy music, no saccharine climax - just a rich glimpse inside a rare mind.

    July 30, 2020 | Full Review…
  • It is, of course, the kind of role that is notoriously awardable... But there is real nuance here too, in the way that Danes shows you Grandin's increasing ability to manage her own panic and uncertainty

    July 29, 2020 | Full Review…
  • It helps that Danes is phenomenal, going so deep inside the character as to be unrecognizable to fans of her Romeo + Juliet, Me and Orson Welles and My So-Called Life performances.

    July 29, 2020 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Temple Grandin

  • Oct 27, 2019
    Danes is incredible in the lead role and further evidence of the range she can carry. I had my issues with the story structure and the happy feeling of the film, but in the end it's still an accomplishment for filmmaker and star. Danes is supported by a great depth of character actors and each one serves a purpose in the stages of Temple's life. HBO continues to showcase the wide variety of films they produce and I strongly recommend this for Danes central and commanding performance. This is an interesting bio film and well worth your time. 26/10/2019
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Jul 19, 2014
    Inspirational, insightful, uniquely realized, and undoubtedly fascinating, Temple Grandin is yet another strong biopic from HBO. Based on the life of Temple Grandin, an amazing woman with autism who has added both hope and understanding to the condition. It's through her work that we understand the autistic mind as a complex one, capable of remarkable brilliance, thinking visually and able to replicate and recall images to an unbelievable degree. The film goes through Temple's life and major experiences, but does so without a "by the numbers approach". It accomplishes this through an amazing performance from Claire Danes, who completely inhibits Temple Grandin. The narrative allows us to better understand her mind by giving us flashes of the sort of visuals she experiences, while always keeping narrative focus. The film doesn't pander to her or those with autism, but rather transcends condescending notions by showing the underling ability that often goes unnoticed and cultivated. Overall, it's an effective, resonate, and strongly executed biopic. 4/5 Stars
    Jeffrey M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 15, 2013
    Temple Grandin is one of the films that, once again, made my cry and laugh at the same time. The acting was great, the dialogues were realistic, the editing was perfect to allow us to understand her mind. I think the message of the film was clear: Disability doesn't mean defect, the will to work for one's potential will succeed.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Jun 28, 2012
    Fascinating, touching, and empowering.
    Matthew S Super Reviewer

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