The Electrical Life of Louis Wain

The Electrical Life of Louis Wain

The Electrical Life of Louis Wain

Benedict Cumberbatch leads this historical drama as real-life figure Louis Wain, the prolific 19th Century English artist famed for his drawings of big-eyed, anthropomorphised cats. Co-stars Golden Globe-winner Claire Foy (The Crown), Andrea Riseborough (Mandy) and Toby Jones (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy). Directed and co-written by BAFTA-winning actor Will Sharpe (Giri/Haji).

2021Rating: 16110 minsUK
DramaTrue Story & BiographyHistorical

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The Guardian

The Guardian

A strained film, overwhelmed with self-consciousness at its own unearned period-biopic prestige.

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Variety

Variety

A strange and unexpectedly affecting portrait.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

May not always sizzle, but it hums along pleasingly.

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IndieWire

IndieWire

Isn't even half over by the time its margins start to grow soggy with sadness.

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The Washington Post

The Washington Post

Tells its story with sympathy, but too many quirks and try-hard flourishes.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

A poignant biographical portrait.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

So busily whimsical it forgets to actually be about anything.

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IGN

IGN

Cumberbatch injects life into an otherwise straightforward biopic.

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Salon

Salon

Uneven... but it is a diverting tribute to its subject.

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