Metascore
74

Generally favorable reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 32
  2. Negative: 1 out of 32
  1. Reviewed by: Bob Stephens
    100
    One of the most complex and powerful literary scripts in recent times.
  2. Achieves its exquisite tension--deepening beautifully from a "Death in Venice" setup to an imaginative meditation, on art and life, of uncommon sensitivity.
  3. 100
    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.
  4. 90
    A profoundly moving human drama, a quasi love story about two lost men who form an unlikely friendship.
  5. 90
    Elegantly witty and haunting . . . McKellen gives the performance of his career . . . and Brendan Fraser excels.
  6. 90
    A strange and lovely combination of cinematic nostalgia and offbeat (gay) love story.
  7. 90
    In a performance of enormous complexity and nuance, emotions seem to race across McKellen's face like hurrying clouds.
  8. It has the most beautiful ending of any American film in years, a coda of reconciliation and remembrance set in a gentle L.A. rain.
  9. 88
    Chances are, the more you love classic cinema, the more you will find Gods is your cup of tea.

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