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  • Summary: Mr. Turner explores the last quarter century of the life of the great if eccentric British painter J.M.W. Turner.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Reviewed by: Leslie Felperin
    May 24, 2014
    100
    Anchored by a masterful performance by Timothy Spall in a role he was born to play, and gilded by career-best effort from DoP Dick Pope, working for the first time on digital for Leigh to bridge the gap between the painting and cinematography, Mr. Turner manages to illuminate that nexus between biography and art with elegant understatement.
  2. Reviewed by: Dave Calhoun
    May 24, 2014
    100
    As ever with Leigh, Mr Turner addresses the big questions with small moments. It's an extraordinary film, all at once strange, entertaining, thoughtful and exciting.
  3. Reviewed by: Robbie Collin
    May 24, 2014
    100
    Beyond the troughful of fun tics, Spall makes Turner tenderly and totally human — the effect of which is to make his artistic talents seem even more extraordinary still.
  4. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    May 24, 2014
    91
    Mr. Turner is a first-rate match of director and subject. Less an explication of the man's genius than an immersion into its essence.
  5. Reviewed by: Oliver Lyttelton
    May 24, 2014
    91
    Mr Turner, though not without flaws, is something of a twilight culmination of Leigh's work, and very much one in which the filmmaker turns his lens on himself, as is so often the case when directors make movies about artists.
  6. Reviewed by: Chris Cabin
    Sep 8, 2014
    88
    An astute summation of Mike Leigh's glum view of humanity, but also a challenge to this disposition and his own pessimistic perspective.
  7. Reviewed by: Guy Lodge
    May 24, 2014
    75
    Mr. Turner's passions and neuroses feel more peculiar to Leigh and his own work. It's tempting, even, to view the film as biopic-as-self-portrait, revealing shades of one life through another.

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