Beautiful Darling
Beautiful Darling (2011)

Born in a Long Island suburb in 1944, James Slattery immediately felt drawn to the feminine side of life -- to such a degree that he established himself as one of the most iconic of all female impersonators, Candy Darling. As given life by… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: February 1, 2012
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Critic Score: 77% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Mark Jenkins
Washington Post

Darling's fragility was no secret, which gives even the movie's comical moments an underlying poignancy.

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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

A fairly besotted look, produced under the guidance of a longtime friend.

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Chris Barsanti
Filmcritic.com

Eventually, everybody who ever spent five minutes with Andy Warhol will have a film made about them

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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times

"Beautiful Darling" is sympathetic and critical, a sobering reminder in this fame-grabbing age of a time when gender politics, art and artifice could make for a turbulent identity cocktail.

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Lou Lumenick
New York Post

"Beautiful Darling" makes extensive use of photos, sketches and Darling's diaries belonging to Jeremiah Newton, a gay pal she lived with on and off until her death from cancer in 1974.

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Liz Pelly
Boston Phoenix

A discomforting look at a transsexual actress's difficult life and isolating pursuit of fame.

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Loren King
Boston Globe

Like fellow Factory figures Edie Sedgwick and Jackie Curtis, Darling now gets her own documentary, and proves a more than worthy subject.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

A sad, lyrical reflection on the foolish worship of movie stars.

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David Noh
Film Journal International

This riveting documentary about one of the legendary triumphant gender illusionists is also a compelling portrait of an endlessly fascinating era.

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