Mary Poppins Returns
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A work of stunning technique eclipsed by its increasingly jaw-dropping solipsism...
A spectacular mash of half-baked ideas... Well, that, and a movie that just got lost somewhere in the editing room.
[Dolan's] film falls victim to his worst tendencies.
Dolan's English-language debut whinges about personal neuroses rather than probing homophobia or celebrity.
[A] half-baked, cumbersome, overlong psychodrama.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The film wants to be taken seriously, its earnestness only ever fleetingly successful at being a critique of our perception of it.
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.
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.
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