Behind the Candelabra
Behind the Candelabra (2013)

Before Elvis, before Elton John, Madonna and Lady Gaga, there was Liberace: virtuoso pianist, outrageous entertainer and flamboyant star of stage and television. A name synonymous with showmanship, extravagance and candelabras, he was a… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 17, 2013
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Critic Score: 95% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Affectionate without sacrificing honesty, Behind the Candelabra couples award-worthy performances from Michael Douglas and Matt Damon with some typically sharp direction from Steven Soderbergh.

Dave Calhoun
Time Out

It's both a romp and uncomfortably real.

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Joanne Ostrow
Denver Post

The stunning and quite intimate performances by Michael Douglas and Matt Damon are award-worthy.

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Richard Knight
Windy City Times

As deeply entertaining and creative as it is socially enlightening.

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Jon Frosch
The Atlantic

Witty, briskly paced and consistently entertaining.

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Todd VanDerWerff
AV Club

The story is told less as a cause-and-effect narrative than as a collection of incidents that add up to something with a crushing emotional weight.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Douglas seems to be having fun playing such a flaming swishy character and hams it up.

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Robert Bianco
USA Today

Buffed to a typical HBO high gloss, Candelabra is a visual feast. It shines brightest in those moments where it captures the rhythms of a relationship in its first blush of affection and its seemingly inevitable collapse.

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David Hiltbrand
Philadelphia Inquirer

This is one of the strangest and strongest TV movies in memory.

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Matt Glasby
Flicks.co.nz

Douglas made his name playing powerful, morally questionable men, and this is a clever addition to the canon.

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Flixster Audience Score: 71% Flixster User Reviews
Spencer S.
The legend, the man, the pianist, Liberace, finally gets his silver screen treatment in this bio pic from director Steven Soderbergh. Starring as the… More
c0up  
'Behind the Candelabra'. Soderbergh's directional flair is evident. Douglas and Damon are both great. Beyond that, /shrug. As a huge fan of… More
Carlos Magalhães
Soderbergh offers a consistent blend of camp and sincerity in this entertaining biopic centered on a complex Liberace amid all his fabulous palatial kitsch,… More
Christian C
Superb acting by Michael Douglas. Strong performances by Matt Damon and Dan Akroyd. The largely recreated locations and costumes were spot-on, although an eye… More
Phil Hubbs
Oh my shame on me, I actually thought this was a parody or spoof comedy about these extravagant Vegas performers like Siegfried and Roy hehe. Turns out this is… More
Kevin Cookman
Soderbergh is one of the worst directors to tackle a love story, but the countless oddities, the fabulous glitz, and the stunning performances are hypnotic.