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Reviews: The Danish Girl (2015)

danish_girlHere are review links for this film submitted by our members:

  • José Arce @ LaButaca.net [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Soporífera traslación al cine del drama vital del primer transexual de la historia. Debería ser tremendamente emocionante, brutal en sus lecturas y su coraje. Pero no: Tom Hooper aburre a las ovejas.
  • Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema
  • Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy
  • Francisco Cangiano @ CineXpress [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: The Danish Girl es de esas películas que incluye excelentes actuaciones, una producción impecable, una hermosa cinematografía y banda sonora, pero al final de todo no te atrapa por completo, y hasta te deja un poco frío. Así es el filme más reciente del director Tom Hooper. Alicia Vikander y Eddie Redmayne son el punto brillante de la cinta, mientras que la alta calidad en todas las áreas es el segundo. Por esto y por su fascinante historia en el centro, The Danish Girl merece su atención en esta época de premios.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: a love story, but so muted is Redmayne’s otherwise convincing performance, it’s a pretty one sided one, Vikander the sole source of the film’s emotional current.
  • Edwin Davies @ A Mighty Fine Blog
    • Excerpt: To say that The Danish Girl is simplistic in its depiction of gender and sexuality is an understatement. Lili’s gender identity is treated in much the same way that horror films treat werewolves.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: [The movie’s] version of Lili is neither sympathetic nor developed in any significant way.
  • James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture
  • Hugo Gomes @ Cinematograficamente Falando … [Portuguese]
  • Sarah Gopaul @ Digital Journal
    • Excerpt: ‘The Danish Girl’ features yet another outstanding turn by Eddie Redmayne as he portrays a transgender pioneer of the 19th century with the support of the equally wonderful Alicia Vikander.
  • Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Astonishing and exquisite, chronicling a transgender pioneer…
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: Gerda’s realization of how deep her husband’s feelings go is the most compelling thrust of the narrative. Whether that is intentional is perhaps irrelevant if the story is interesting — and it is.
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: Safe, conventional, and not particularly sympathetic to women, cis or trans. Mistakes the external signifiers of femininity with actually being a woman.t
  • Allyson Johnson @ CambridgeDay.com
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: Tom Hooper’s The Danish Girl studies the first person to undergo a sex-change operation, artist Einar Wegener, pardon, I mean Lili Elbe. The film as a whole is not as effective as the cast’s performance, yet it is a story worth learning about, particularly in today’s times.
  • Ben Kendrick @ Screen Rant
    • Excerpt: The Danish Girl is a beautiful film with brave performances – though Hooper often struggles to translate Lili Elbe’s life into memorable movie drama.
  • Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film
  • Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: It’s a soft, polite, often too-mannered stepping stone for mainstream acceptance, a prestige period drama that will be right up Oscar voters’ alleys, but Redmayne and Vikander’s deeply felt performances will endure.
  • Benjamin Kramer @ The Voracious Filmgoer
  • Kristin Dreyer Kramer @ NightsAndWeekends.com
  • Matthew Lucas @ From the Front Row
    • Excerpt: A moving story, told with a kind of gossamer elegance by Hooper, who never allows the sumptuous design to overwhelm the characters at its center.
  • Mike McGranaghan @ Film Racket
    • Excerpt: The performances from Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander are so good — and so authentic — that the film is impossible to ignore.
  • Matthew McKernan @ FilmWhinge
    • Excerpt: It was always going to be tame and a little bit dull, but it is a surprise just how cack-handed a film The Danish Girl ultimately is.
  • Simon Miraudo @ Student Edge
  • Jared Mobarak @ Jared Mobarak Reviews
    • Excerpt: The Danish Girl may not seem like it has much by the way of plot, but its depiction of Lili and Gerda’s evolution is extremely complex and resonate. What Hooper and company have put onscreen is the struggle many have faced and continue to face today.
  • Patrick Mullen @ Cinemablographer
  • João Pinto @ Portal Cinema [Portuguese]
  • [New – 2/12/16] | Jason Pirodsky @ Expats.cz
    • Excerpt: Tom Hooper’s The Danish Girl purports to tell the story of Einar/Lili, though it finds such little dramatic weight in it that it winds up focusing on Lili’s wife, Gerda Gottlieb, a fellow painter who earned widespread fame for her portraits of Lili.
  • [New – 2/12/16] | Nuno Reis @ Antestreia [Portuguese]
    • Excerpt: É um filme imperdível para compreender porque 2015 é o ano de Alicia Vikander e porque ela merece o título de Melhor Actriz Secundária (se não lhe querem dar o de principal) e provavelmente será estudado por décadas a propósito disso, mas falhou em tudo o resto. Há vários anos que o tema da transsexualidade tem sido bem tratado no cinema, mas este que podia ter sido o seu regresso à ribalta foi um bocado ao lado.
  • Jonathan Richards @ www.jonrichardsplace.com
    • Excerpt: The photography, the sets, the costumes are pitch perfect. But there’s a sense of emotional distance that the movie never quite manages to shake.
  • Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema
    • Excerpt: The movie left me cold. For all its emotional outpouring, mainly from an achingly sad performance by Eddie Remayne as Wegener, The Danish Girl never quite hits the high points that I was waiting for. There’s an undercurrent of expression that seems buried and never hits its emotional peak. That doesn’t mean that the movie isn’t engaging. It’s a very involving story, and very well acted, but something feels restrained.
  • Tom Santilli @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: Redmayne is great in portraying Lili and showing the changes within her naturally, but the film’s emotional center is Gerda and Alicia Vikander’s star-making performance.
  • Courtney Small @ Cinema Axis
  • Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
  • Rob Wallis @ The Metropolist
    • Excerpt: For a film about fluidity, this is a rigid work of film-making; offering only manner, however gorgeous, in place of genuine depth.
Updated: February 11, 2016 — 9:03 pm
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