Review Roundup: All is True and Boy Erased

Two new releases open at the Irish Film Institute on Friday the 8th of February 2019: All is True directed by and starring Kenneth Branagh and Boy Erased with Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe.

Read on for a selection of reviews or pop in to make up your own mind!

ALL IS TRUE
“But this is a charming, surprisingly salty take on a story that… is told less often than one might expect.”
4/5 – Irish Times

“If 1998’s thoroughly enjoyable and Oscar-winning Shakespeare in Love captured the man in the first bloom of genius then Branagh’s beautifully made and melancholic love letter is a fitting salute to the Bard as he slips off his mortal coil.”
4/5 – RTÉ

“All Is True is sentimental, theatrical, likable – and unfashionable”
4/5 – Guardian

“In this lovely ode to a literary master, Branagh shows us what his hero always understood – that life may be an endlessly unfolding mystery, but in art, all is true.”
NPR

“It’s the absence of grandstanding, of Stoppardian showing off, that makes this film different, as a lovely meditation on what parts of a man’s legacy truly matter.”
4/5 – Telegraph

“A tender, intelligent imagining of the playwright in retirement.”
Screen International

BOY ERASED
 “Building on his momentum from Manchester by the Sea and Lady Bird, Lucas Hedges delivers a performance of quiet dignity and evolving courage”
5/5 – RTÉ

“[A] heart-rending drama.”
Hollywood Reporter

“Edgerton mostly steers his tale away from its more obvious dimensions focusing more on the confusion of decent people.”
4/5 – Time Out

“Proving again that he’s one of the best actors of his generation, Lucas Hedges shines alongside Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe in this harrowing real-life tale of a gay teen whose parents send him to conversion therapy”
Rolling Stone


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