The Rehearsal (2016)


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Stanley, a naive 1st year drama student meets Isolde and begins a sweet, first love affair. Goaded by Hannah, the charismatic, domineering Head of Acting, Stanley uncovers a talent and ambition he didn't know he had. When his group hits on a sex scandal that involves Isolde's tennis prodigy sister as fertile material for their end-of-year show, Stanley finds himeself profoundly torn. The Rehearsal, directed by Alison Maclean and written by Maclean and author Emily Perkins, is based on the novel by Man Booker award-winner Eleanor Catton.

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Critic Reviews for The Rehearsal

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (6)

A sensitive, thoughtful, often provocative movie that nevertheless feels like a missed opportunity.

Jul 7, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Feels like a handful of sketches in need of more connection.

Jul 7, 2017 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Your mileage may vary, but for myself "The Rehearsal" delivers a good hour and a half of engagement and intrigue only to top it off with a cherry that left me asking "Really?"

Jul 6, 2017 | Full Review…

Maclean asks tough questions about the craft of acting and the behavior of administrators who would rather collect donor checks for new facilities than do the right thing for their students.

Jul 6, 2017 | Full Review…
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Such a hodgepodge of arthouse references, arch distancing effects, and emotionally vacant wide-screen compositions that one could easily mistake it for an awkward debut film.

Jul 6, 2017 | Rating: C | Full Review…

"The Rehearsal" can't help but follow its characters as their actions become more irrational and occasionally overwrought, but like them it's redeemed by a simple yet bravura closing sequence

Sep 12, 2016 | Rating: B | Full Review…

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