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  • Summary: Errol Flynn, the swashbuckling Hollywood star and notorious ladies man, flouted convention all his life, but never more brazenly than in his last years when, swimming in vodka and unwilling to face his mortality, he undertook a liaison with an aspiring actress, Beverly Aadland. The two had a high-flying affair that spanned the globe and was enabled by the girl's fame-obsessed mother, Florence. It all came crashing to an end in October 1959, when events forced the relationship into the open, sparking an avalanche of publicity castigating Beverly and her mother - which only fed Florence's need to stay in the spotlight. [Samuel Goldwyn Films] Expand
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 12
  2. Negative: 2 out of 12
  1. Reviewed by: Stephanie Zacharek
    Aug 26, 2014
    90
    It's Kline who anchors the movie, swan-diving into Flynn's complexities without making excuses for him.
  2. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Aug 29, 2014
    75
    Dashing, handsome and self-deprecating, Kevin Kline was born to play Errol Flynn.
  3. 60
    The film is too wan and distanced to sweep you up, but it holds you.
  4. Reviewed by: Mike D'Angelo
    Aug 28, 2014
    50
    Directors Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland (The Fluffer, Quinceañera) do their best to avoid sensationalism, but age difference and statutory rape are the only factors that make the story remotely interesting.
  5. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    Aug 28, 2014
    50
    The script represents a too-tame middle ground, which gives the unfortunate impression that perhaps the filmmakers want us to empathize with this icky romance.
  6. Reviewed by: Nicolas Rapold
    Aug 28, 2014
    50
    The story comes to feel mild (and incomplete) in its tempered nostalgia.
  7. Reviewed by: Matt Zoller Seitz
    Aug 29, 2014
    12
    The problem — and wow, it's a big one — is that none of these actors have material firm enough to shape into a bona fide performance.

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