Applause (2011)

When the critically acclaimed, tough and coming of age actress Thea Barfoed ends her rehab, she confronts a hard choice. During her heavy drinking period she divorced and lost custody of her two boys. Now she wants them to be a part of her… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: November 24, 2003
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Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Ryan Lattanzio
San Francisco Chronicle

"Applause" is a very minor film with a massive performance at its center.

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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

Paprika Steen makes this particular character her own. And makes us join her adoring on-screen audience as we watch her play out -- gorgeously, horrifyingly -- her own tragic scenes.

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Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

A whirlwind demolition derby of an acting job by Ms. Steen.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

Steen [is] in every scene of the film and crafts an intricate portrait of a woman teetering on the brink, but never toppling.

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

Director and co-writer Martin Pieter Zandvliet draws inspired work from Steen. You feel her every emotion.

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Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

The story is not new, but the film's measured take and Steen's volatile performance are worth seeing.

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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture

As much of [Steen] as there is, you'll want more.

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Manohla Dargis
New York Times

There's no real fight in Applause, though there is indisputably a great deal of acting.

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Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
Boxoffice Magazine

Applause has moments of flourish and moments that reach towards something as pared down as Thea's play, but it ultimately can't match the candor Steen brings to the screen. Really, little can.

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Flixster Audience Score: 74% Flixster User Reviews
Aj V
The actors are very good, and the story is touching, but it's a predictable and overused plot. So, it's a good movie, but it could have done… More
Walter M.
In "Applause," Thea(Paprika Steen) is just out of rehab and acting in a production of 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?' Otherwise, she… More