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Barrymore

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BARRYGOOD Christopher Plummer turns out a stunning performance as American actor John Barrymore

Barrymore

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
Unrated
runtime:
84 minutes
Limited Release Date:
11/15/12
performer:
Christopher Plummer, John Plumpis
director:
Erik Canuel
genre:
Drama

We gave it a B

Christopher Plummer adapts his Tony-winning performance as the famous (and, ultimately, alcoholically tragic) American actor John Barrymore — grandfather of Drew — with inevitable pluses and minuses. In the win column: Plummer is marvelous, flitting between reminiscence and Shakespearean recitation as a gifted artist aware of his own wretchedness. Among the drawbacks: Director Érik Canuel jumps through hoops in an effort to make the stage piece (by William Luce) move like the movie piece it isn’t. B

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