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The Seagull (2018)



Critic Consensus: The latest iteration of The Seagull does little to distinguish itself from other Chekhov adaptations but provides a pleasing showcase for its sterling cast.

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One summer at a lakeside Russian estate, friends and family gather for a weekend in the countryside. While everyone is caught up in passionately loving someone who loves somebody else, a tragicomedy unfolds about art, fame, human folly, and the eternal desire to live a purposeful life. Adapted by Tony-winning playwright Stephen Karam ("The Humans") from Anton Chekhov's classic play and directed by Tony-winner Michael Mayer ("Spring Awakening"), THE SEAGULL explores, with comedy and melancholy, the obsessive nature of love, the tangled relationships between parents and children, and the transcendent value and psychic toll of art.


Corey Stoll
as Boris Trigorin
Jon Tenney
as Doctor Dorn
Glenn Fleshler
as Shamrayev
Billy Howle
as Konstantin
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The best reason to check out the film is for Saoirse Ronan's tender, wrenching performance as the lovelorn Nina, and, especially, for Annette Bening's fantastic turn as Irina...

May 18, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Bening and Stoll, in particular, find all the wit, vanity, vulnerability and casual cruelty there is to be found here.

May 17, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

If nothing else, the movie is a double tour de force of acting.

May 16, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

All in all, this "Seagull" will do until the right one comes along.

May 15, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

They have pruned, or purged, the drama until it runs just over an hour and a half, and, in so doing, mislaid its nervous languor.

May 14, 2018 | Full Review…

When director Michael Mayer lets his restless camera stay out of the way, Annette Bening, Saoirse Ronan and Elisabeth Moss lift this Chekhov adaptation to the heights.

May 12, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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