Owen Gleiberman
October 22, 2004 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Stage Beauty

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
105 minutes
Limited Release Date
10/08/04
performer
Billy Crudup, Claire Danes, Tom Wilkinson, Ben Chaplin, Rupert Everett
director
Richard Eyre
distributor
Lions Gate Films
author
Jeffrey Hatcher
genre
Comedy

We gave it a C+

An odd amalgam of high spirits, lively ambition, and botched execution. It’s the 1660s, when women aren’t allowed to appear on stage and audiences line up to see Edward Kynaston (Billy Crudup) play Desdemona. The movie tends to drag the moment it’s out of drag.

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