Biopics

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King Richard review – Will Smith serves up tennis stardom for Venus and Serena
Smith plays Richard Williams, the driven father of the US sporting sisters, in this well-crafted, authorised version of their story

Peter Bradshaw

15, Oct, 2021 @7:18 PM

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Sardar Udham review – a blockbuster take on a political martyr and assassin
Shoojit Sircar’s flawed biopic tells the life of a young man shellshocked by the horrors of colonialism in Punjab

Phuong Le

15, Oct, 2021 @6:30 PM

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Mommie Dearest at 40: the derided camp classic that deserves a closer look
Faye Dunaway’s all-guns-blazing performance as Joan Crawford is one of many reasons why the reviled biodrama is not the disaster many have labelled it

Guy Lodge

18, Sep, 2021 @6:02 AM

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The Eyes of Tammy Faye review – Jessica Chastain nails gaudy TV evangelist
A compelling performance from the often miscast actor carries an otherwise by-the-numbers look at a Christian couple who spectacularly fell from grace

Benjamin Lee

13, Sep, 2021 @3:15 AM

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Respect review – an overly reverential homage to Aretha
Personally approved by Franklin, Jennifer Hudson captures the queen of soul’s star power, but this biopic is too well behaved to do its extraordinary subject justice

Mark Kermode

12, Sep, 2021 @7:00 AM

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Respect review – one-note Aretha Franklin chronicle follows every biopic beat
Jennifer Hudson plays the soul legend, but this biopic reduces the complexity of her upbringing and artistry to corny life lessons

Peter Bradshaw

09, Sep, 2021 @12:00 PM

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Kristen Stewart felt Princess Diana gave her ‘sign off’ for Spencer role
Actor who plays the Princess of Wales in critically lauded drama says there were moments during the shoot when it felt as if Diana was ‘trying to break through’

Andrew Pulver

09, Sep, 2021 @9:43 AM

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Thalaivii review – if Margaret Thatcher went to the Rank charm school
Rackety biopic of Tamil film actor turned politician stars controversy-ridden Kangana Ranaut and seems to reveal more about the latter

Mike McCahill

06, Sep, 2021 @4:30 PM

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Spencer review – Princess Diana’s disastrous marriage makes a magnificent farce
Kristen Stewart’s entirely compelling Di has no escape from the dress-up game of monarchy in Pablo Larraín’s unreverential movie

Xan Brooks

03, Sep, 2021 @2:15 PM

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The Electrical Life of Louis Wain review – Cumberbatch’s cat artist drowns in quirk
Benedict Cumberbatch’s portrayal of eccentric Edwardian artist famed for his cute cats is brimful of star cameos but gets lost in mannered performances

Peter Bradshaw

03, Sep, 2021 @6:15 AM

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Respect review – Aretha Franklin biopic sings the same old tune
Jennifer Hudson tries her best with a disappointingly rote retread through cliches of a well-worn genre

Charles Bramesco

09, Aug, 2021 @2:22 PM

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Nitram review – deeply disturbing drama about mass killer Martin Bryant
Director Justin Kurzel shies away from depicting the Port Arthur massacre itself but outstanding performances mean it’s still a highly unsettling story

Peter Bradshaw

16, Jul, 2021 @3:50 PM

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