Love & Mercy
Love & Mercy (2015)

LOVE & MERCY presents an unconventional portrait of Brian Wilson, the mercurial singer, songwriter and leader of The Beach Boys. Set against the era defining catalog of Wilson's music, the film intimately examines the personal voyage… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: September 15, 2015
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Critic Score: 90% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: As unconventional and unwieldy as the life and legacy it honors, Love & Mercy should prove moving for Brian Wilson fans while still satisfying neophytes.

Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal

We're shown so many symptoms that, regardless of which actor is playing the hero, there's little relief from the prevailing grimness, and less sense of a life in full.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

Dano and Cusack never let us forget that Wilson is human before he is anything else - genius, icon, legend.

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Ellin Stein
The Arts Desk

As with all such biopics of artists, it helps to be a fan of the work, but Wilson is a sufficiently sympathetic central figure and the story compelling enough to appeal beyond aficionados.

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Andrew O'Hehir

When you consider all the ways that "Love & Mercy" could have gone terribly wrong, and how full of life it is in the end (and, yes, of love and mercy), I think the end product is almost miraculous.

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Steve Tilley
Toronto Sun

The performances are universally great, and the subject matter is captivating.

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Jonathan Kiefer
SF Weekly

Pohlad's film doesn't quite revolutionize the art of movie biography, but it works as a digest of pop songcraft and period costumes, and a groovy heartwarmer besides.

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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

Unnerving as it is thrilling, as visually and aurally vivid as it is emotionally harrowing.

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Richard Roeper
Chicago Sun-Times

After seeing "Love & Mercy," you'll find it nearly impossible to resist the urge to download (or re-listen to) a dozen Beach Boys classics.

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Grant Rollings
Sun Online

Paul Dano, as the young Brian, does a better job of conveying his madness than John Cusack as the older version, who falls for Elizabeth Banks' car saleswoman.

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Flixster Audience Score: 86% Flixster User Reviews
Christian C
"Love & Mercy" has some of the best acting I have seen from John Cusack, but there are script and direction weaknesses that make the story dull… More
Pierluigi Puccini
In the vast ocean of clichéd rock star biopics, this plunge into the troubled but brilliant mind of Beach Boys' leader Brian Wilson wisely tries to avoid… More
KJ Proulx
"Love & Mercy" follows young and older Brian Wilson and his band, The Beach Boys. While we flash back and forth between the bands struggles and… More
Kase Vollebregt
'Love and Mercy' provides both an intimate and potent look into the mind of a unique artist, played superbly by both Dano and Cusack.
Jim Hunter
Brian Wilson's records Pet Sounds and, in another story, falls in love with a car dealer. This film alternates between two stories of Brian Wilson's… More
Carlos Magalhães
Paul Dano and John Cusack offer two exceptional performances as Wilson in two distinct (and at times even contrasting) stages of his life, and this insightful… More