The Laureate

critic Reviews

, 64% Fresh Tomatometer Score
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    Claudia PuigFilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
    The performances did not redeem the film... I thought it was pretty-looking, but lacking in dramatic tension.
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    Glenn KennyRogerEbert.com
    For all the strain the movie exerts, it never comes close to touching the hem of the writers it purports to depict.
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    Gary GoldsteinLos Angeles Times
    Unfortunately, the film loses its center early on, as Riding and her manipulations drive much of the action and Graves' ambitions get a bit lost in the shuffle.
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    Dennis HarveyVariety
    This isn’t the most novel, memorable or intellectually deep enterprise of its type. But it will satisfy viewers looking for a slightly racier variation on “Downton Abbey” terrain.
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    Amanda MazzilloFilm Inquiry
    The Laureate crafts a uniquely haunting atmosphere for its challenging and darker biopic through strong performances and visually captivating moments, but the film focuses too much on its plot and not enough on exploring its characters.
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    Wade MajorFilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
    We get these once in a while, these biopics about British poets and artists and their complicated lives and romances. I think this one is on par with all the others.
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    Rachel LaBonteScreen Rant
    The Laureate pushes past the tone and format of a typical biopic to make something fresh, though it holds weak spots in an otherwise compelling story.
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    Tim AppeloAARP Movies for Grownups
    We don't get enough inside Graves' head to really feel his pain. But it's interesting, about important figures intelligently portrayed. It might even scratch your Downton Abbey itch a bit.
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    Dan MeccaThe Film Stage
    While the structure is fairly standard and its overall aesthetic sometimes appears limited by scope, The Laureate is a solid, heady account of a particularly tumultuous time in the life of poet Robert Graves.
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    Roger MooreMovie Nation
    A sturdy film, well-acted, but without much in the way of flash.
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