Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10

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  1. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    Nov 14, 2012
    Mr. Plummer stumbles beautifully, poignantly and often, leering and searching through a haze of memory or, with concern edged with panic, calling for "a line, a line" much as Richard III calls for a horse.
  2. Reviewed by: Ernest Hardy
    Nov 13, 2012
    It takes a minute for the film to move beyond a kind of gilded stasis, but once it does, it - and Plummer - are riveting.
  3. 80
    God, I love Plummer's performance - the twiddling fingers, the tipsy sway of the head, the reverberating roar, as well as the pathos of a man who can't stop acting long enough to hear the cry of his own soul.
  4. Reviewed by: Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Nov 20, 2012
    Among the drawbacks: Director √Črik Canuel jumps through hoops in an effort to make the stage piece (by William Luce) move like the movie piece it isn't.
  5. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Nov 15, 2012
    With much help from an exasperated off-screen prompter - the only other performer in this small gem - Plummer's Barrymore shows flashes of glory as he delivers bits and pieces of various Shakespearean roles.
  6. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Nov 14, 2012
    Two things to keep in mind when considering Barrymore, starring Christopher Plummer as the great John B: It was brilliant as a one-man stage show; it was never a good candidate for film.
  7. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    Nov 12, 2012
    The material itself has a formulaic solo-bioplay rhythm neither performer nor director can fully elude.
  8. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Nov 15, 2012
    Barrymore is a delicious opportunity to watch the great Christopher Plummer perform the role that won him a second Tony Award. But it's also a lesson in the pitfalls of personality-based minimalism. While Plummer acts his heart out, the script becomes one punchline after another.
  9. Reviewed by: David Fear
    Nov 13, 2012
    This isn't a film, it's a recording of canned ham-tasty, certainly, but creaky nonetheless.
  10. Reviewed by: Andrew Schenker
    Nov 11, 2012
    Director Erik Canuel fails to deliver us from the inevitable hermeticism of the material.
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User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Apr 14, 2014
    Barrymore is an unusual, yet entertaining, film. It is a "one man" movie, with Christopher Plummer stealing the show, accompanied by only oneBarrymore is an unusual, yet entertaining, film. It is a "one man" movie, with Christopher Plummer stealing the show, accompanied by only one other man part of the time, Frank. However, the true meaning of Barrymore surpasses Plummer's excellent performance of the man, but instead is about Plummer himself. Plummer is an aging actor who wants to be taken seriously for one last role before he gets too old, just like John Barrymore. Well, he has succeeded. Full Review »
  2. Dec 6, 2012
    Award Worthy