Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Melissa McCarthy is literary fraudster Lee Israel in this biopic from the director of The Diary of a Teenage Girl. Based on Israel's memoir.

Lee Israel made her living in the 1970s and 80s profiling the likes of Katharine Hepburn, Tallulah Bankhead, Estee Lauder and journalist Dorothy Kilgallen. When Lee is no longer able to get published because she has fallen out of step with current tastes, she turns her art form to deception, abetted by her loyal friend Jack (Richard E. Grant, Gosford Park).

2018Rating: M, Coarse language and sexual references106 minsUSA
ComedyDramaTrue Story & Biography
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Vulture

Vulture

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What is on paper a small-time heist film in the vein of the Coen Brothers or Breaking Bad is ultimately a cover for a more observant and relatable portrait of loneliness.

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Variety

Variety

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McCarthy's best performance to date, revealing haunting insights into friendship, loneliness, and creative insecurity.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

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Partly because the movie is so splendidly and completely absorbed in its characters and their milieu, it communicates much more than a quirky appreciation for old books and odd readers.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

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There is a melancholic atmosphere to the film at large, a frankness about the impossibility of dreams and the importance of growing old without shackling one's self to an idealised notion of what life will be.

4.0
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Stuff

Stuff

press

An entertaining and thoroughly engrossing take on what The New York Times' described as "a sordid and pretty darn fabulous book".

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Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

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Believe the Oscar buzz for Melissa McCarthy in this true story of an out-of-work author who took up forgery to pay the bills. McCarthy shows she has what it takes to tackle drama and comedy and all stops in between: the power to amaze.

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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

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This is a neat little film bringing to light Israel's fascinating story, with excellent performances making it an enjoyable literary romp.

4.0
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IndieWire

IndieWire

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Provides the ideal template for McCarthy to project her talents onto a more sophisticated plane, and - complemented by a top-notch Richard E. Grant as Israel's partner-in-crime - she rises to the occasion.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

McCarthy's performance, which is paired with an equally rewarding turn by British actor Richard E. Grant, anchors this bizarre, compelling true story.

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Vulture

Vulture

press

What is on paper a small-time heist film in the vein of the Coen Brothers or Breaking Bad is ultimately a cover for a more observant and relatable portrait of loneliness.

0
Variety

Variety

press

McCarthy's best performance to date, revealing haunting insights into friendship, loneliness, and creative insecurity.

0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Partly because the movie is so splendidly and completely absorbed in its characters and their milieu, it communicates much more than a quirky appreciation for old books and odd readers.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

There is a melancholic atmosphere to the film at large, a frankness about the impossibility of dreams and the importance of growing old without shackling one's self to an idealised notion of what life will be.

4.0
0
Stuff

Stuff

press

An entertaining and thoroughly engrossing take on what The New York Times' described as "a sordid and pretty darn fabulous book".

0
Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

Believe the Oscar buzz for Melissa McCarthy in this true story of an out-of-work author who took up forgery to pay the bills. McCarthy shows she has what it takes to tackle drama and comedy and all stops in between: the power to amaze.

0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

This is a neat little film bringing to light Israel's fascinating story, with excellent performances making it an enjoyable literary romp.

4.0
0
IndieWire

IndieWire

press

Provides the ideal template for McCarthy to project her talents onto a more sophisticated plane, and - complemented by a top-notch Richard E. Grant as Israel's partner-in-crime - she rises to the occasion.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

McCarthy's performance, which is paired with an equally rewarding turn by British actor Richard E. Grant, anchors this bizarre, compelling true story.

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