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The Death and Life of John F. Donovan Reviews

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September 21, 2018
What this needs is cohesion and a greater insight into the actions and outcomes he traces. And, most importantly, it needs far more heart than what is ultimately there. A Dolan film without the heart is about as disappointing as you can get.
September 18, 2018
Even at their most tonally awkward and clumsily soundtracked, Dolan's films can't help but be watchable, the phoniness of the hopped-up style melting away in the face of his performers' commitment to going all the way.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 17, 2018
A baffling screenplay in which all the characters speak in the same, pretentious voice, stylistically vapid direction and non-existent drama add up to a fatal verdict.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
September 17, 2018
A baffling exercise in taking real issues and genuine emotional experiences and (seemingly due to some misplaced anxiety) deploying them in service of pure vanity.
Full Review | Original Score: D
September 16, 2018
The film wants to be taken seriously, its earnestness only ever fleetingly successful at being a critique of our perception of it.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
September 13, 2018
A work of stunning technique eclipsed by its increasingly jaw-dropping solipsism...
September 13, 2018
Xavier Dolan's film is a mess, maybe even a hot one, and I can't say I had a bad time watching it-which is not the same thing as suggesting it works.
September 12, 2018
A spectacular mash of half-baked ideas... Well, that, and a movie that just got lost somewhere in the editing room.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
September 11, 2018
[Dolan's] film falls victim to his worst tendencies.
September 11, 2018
In the film's best close-up, Newton's face sums up the experience of watching The Death And Life Of John. F. Donovan: confusion to annoyance to resignation.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
September 11, 2018
Dolan's English-language debut whinges about personal neuroses rather than probing homophobia or celebrity.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
September 11, 2018
It starts to feel like Dolan is parodying a Dolan movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
September 11, 2018
[A] half-baked, cumbersome, overlong psychodrama.
September 11, 2018
John F. Donovan may revisit a lot of familiar territory for Dolan but on this form it is good to welcome him home.
September 10, 2018
Xavier Dolan tends to be a love-him-or-hate-him sort of proposition. And John F. Donovan's not likely to change anyone's mind.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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