Dear Evan Hansen

critic Reviews

, 29% Rotten Tomatometer Score
  • Dear Evan Hansen does a fair job of capturing the emotion of its source material, but it's undermined by questionable casting and a story that's hard to swallow.
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    Wendy IdeObserver (UK)
    It's the cinema equivalent of rubbing cut onions in the eyes of the audience: film-making that is cynically and artificially engineered to make the audience weep.
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    Donald ClarkeIrish Times
    The endless emotional frankness of the lyrics - those who seek the ironic distance of Sondheim need look elsewhere - becomes exhausting all too quickly.
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    Kevin MaherTimes (UK)
    The film is aggressively needy.
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    Clarisse LoughreyIndependent (UK)
    The film becomes one giant gamble that's quite disastrously failed to pay off.
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    Tim RobeyDaily Telegraph (UK)
    On all fronts, you wish that Dear Evan Hansen had nothing to do with Evan Hansen.
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    Danny LeighFinancial Times
    The problems start the more sincere it all gets - with a deeply dubious message for children and parents alike that the world is a place of infinite forgiveness. As Ben Platt would learn - not quite.
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    Aine O'ConnorSunday Independent (Ireland)
    It is an interesting premise for a horror. It is a weird idea for an inspirational story.
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    Eddie Harrisonfilm-authority.com
    ...this should be a cult movie; with consistently good songs and a unique aesthetic, it's a secret success that may take years to be recognised...
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    Matthew BondThe Mail on Sunday (UK)
    It certainly won't be for everyone but does just about get there in the end.
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    Edward PorterSunday Times (UK)
    Tender performances by Julianne Moore and Amy Adams, playing distressed mothers, can't save this film.
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