Metascore
39

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 13
  2. Negative: 3 out of 13
  1. A stagy, arty, and uncompelling account of the Welsh writer and his menage-y relations.
  2. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    38
    A "great poet" movie, the poet in this case being Dylan Thomas, and it's utter bollocks.
  3. Reviewed by: Melissa Anderson
    30
    Director John Maybury showed a defter hand with the artist biopic in his 1998 Francis Bacon film, "Love Is the Devil." Here he repeatedly falls into the genreā€™s traps, creating an inert, claustrophobic movie.
User Score
6.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. JayH.
    Jul 10, 2009
    6
    Well produced, but they seemed to try too hard on the period detail. Too many slow stretches prevent it from being a great film. The film lacks spunk, it's too bland. The performances are fine, good art direction. Full Review »
  2. Roz
    Apr 16, 2009
    3
    A period piece that has no idea what it wants to be, crippled by the presence of a preposterously unlikable core character. Sienna Miller and Cillian Murphy march off with the acting honors, though Miller can't corral her supposedly Irish accent and Murphy's William Killick spends eighty percent of the film off-screen. Keira Knightley is her usual brittle self, and Dylan Thomas, as portrayed by Matthew Rhys, is such a boozing, backstabbing sponge and a cad that you can't understand why either of his so-called "great loves" had anything to do with him. Next time, hire a script editor for Sharman Macdonald, and tell Ms. Macdonald she's to pick a theme and stick with it. Full Review »
  3. AndrewE
    Mar 29, 2009
    9
    A fantastic film. Very well acted, atmospheric with brilliant set pieces. The drama between these characters can be electric. One of my favourite movies this year. Full Review »