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Love & Mercy Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0
    77

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally favorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 100

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Phillips

    It's the best musical biopic in decades.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Both Mr. Dano and Mr. Cusack, by contrast, find as many notes as they can in portraying their troubled character, though they’re clearly limited by the schematic writing and insistent direction.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The New Yorker Anthony Lane

    You feel both moved and exhausted by the distance that Wilson has to travel, musically and emotionally, before reaching the shore. That makes it, I guess, a happy ending. But then, as one of the Beach Boys remarks, on listening to “Pet Sounds,” even the happy songs are sad.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter John DeFore

    A deeply satisfying pop biopic whose subject's bifurcated creative life lends itself to an unconventional structure.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Richard Roeper

    Rarely have two actors been so effective playing the same character while taking totally different approaches.

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  • 90

    out of 100

    Variety Andrew Barker

    A wonderfully innervating cure for the common musical biopic, Bill Pohlad’s Love & Mercy vibrantly illuminates two major breakthroughs — one artistic, one personal — in the life of the Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson.

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