|Lions Gate Films | Release Date: November 4, 1998||CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION|
The film, built around McKellen's magnificent performance, is a sleek and deceptively artful work, a bio-pic that manages to encompass the whole of a man's rich life by concentrating solely on the final months of it.
A profoundly moving human drama, a quasi love story about two lost men who form an unlikely friendship.
A strange and lovely combination of cinematic nostalgia and offbeat (gay) love story.
Elegantly witty and haunting . . . McKellen gives the performance of his career . . . and Brendan Fraser excels.
Beyond the fantastic contrivances of Gods and Monsters, these performances are startlingly human.
There's a great movie to be made with this story.
Lynn Redgrave is nearly incomprehensible as the housekeeper with some sort of housekeeperly accent. [Dec. 14, 1998]
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