Judy

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  • 3.5 of 5 stars
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    A snapshot of legendary performer Judy Garland's later life, when she performed a series of concerts in London. What makes is memorable is not so much the honesty of its tone but Renee Zellweger's Oscar-worthy performance as the icon, inhabiting her distinctive physicality down to the nuance of every gesture. Still, its sentimentality will sneak up on you. Indeed, its closing scene is moving to the point of tears.
  • 4.5 of 5 stars
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    Beautiful performance by Renee Zellweger. Oscar nomination worthy.
  • 4.5 of 5 stars
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    Renée really is incredible in this role.
  • 5 of 5 stars
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    I’m old enough to remember Judy. Renee’s performance was outstanding. She should get an Academy Award for this. If you like biopics, it’s a good one. It was hard to watch her self-destruction but that’s who she was. I wonder how her life would have been if she had not been abused by the studios at a young age. I kept wondering, where was her mother in all this at the beginning?
  • 4 of 5 stars
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    Decent film. But Renée Zellweger is the reason to watch, she gives a fantastic performance. If you want a grown up movie about a legend of film who still had much life left to live, this is worth a trip to the theater.
  • 3.5 of 5 stars
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    I liked the movie a lot, but I didn’t really feel her. Renee really looked like Judy, but, I still kept seeing Renee half the time. She never fully melted into the character. Good effort and all.
  • 4.5 of 5 stars
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    Sad. Moving. With an astonishing transformation by Zellweger. But I suspect it has a more limited audience than I first thought. The movie theater, only half full, felt a little like Palm Springs or Fort Lauderdale in that I was the youngest gay man present (and I'm older than Garland when she died). Chatting with some guys at the bar afterward I realized that I was the only one who didn't remember her death (because I was a fetus at the time). Judy Garland is the one old timey celebrity whom I actually give a damn about. I watched her movies repeatedly with my Mom (except A STAR IS BORN, which I had to watch on my own because Mom thought that one was too dark), and as a grown up I've gotten lost for hours down Youtube holes watching clips, interviews, and mini-documentaries like this one. I feel the new movie, whether they intended it or not (almost certainly not) is an expensive treat for those of us who are steeped in her backstory (and who give a damn about her backstory). Still, Zellweger was masterful. Her Garland was not as physically and vocally haggard as the real Garland was in 1968, but a fully accurate representation of Garland's skeletal, alcorexic appearance from that time would probably require CGI. I do wish, though, that they had gone the BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY route and mixed Zellweger's vocals with the few recordings we have of Garland from that period with maybe a little bit of Tracie Bennett's blustery recreations from THE END OF THE RAINBOW, the play that provided the movie's source material. Ultimately, I was quite moved by the film, and I appreciate that it kept its story contained to one episode in Garland's life rather than galloping through mere highlights as biopics of other entertainers so often do.
  • 5 of 5 stars
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    Renee Zellweger should get an Oscar for this.
  • 3 of 5 stars
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    Great performance not so great movie
  • 3.5 of 5 stars
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    This movie started out wonderful, but it lost some of it's plot towards the end. It started to become too lost and directionless. I know that's the way Judy lived her life in the end, but that doesn't mean the director should give the audience the same experience.