Love & Mercy
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Bill Pohlad's Love & Mercy, a biopic of the Beach Boys mastermind Brian Wilson focuses on two distinct period in the songwriter's life. The movie intercuts the time when Wilson (played in these sections of the film by Paul Dano quit performing live in order to focus on the creation of the album Pet Sounds, the single "Good Vibrations", and the eventually discarded album Smile. During this time, Wilson's mental health issues grow worse. The other sections of the film feature John Cusack as Wilson, and features him attempting to escape the influence of a manipulative doctor… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 64%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It lurches between two decades and two actors, with no reliable center."
‑ Wesley Morris, Grantland
"Despite the dual-casting, alternating timelines, and idiosyncratic attempts to get inside Wilson's head, this is a fairly conventional biopic."
‑ Bill Chambers, Film Freak Central
"You feel like you're right there in the studio with Brian Wilson as he creates Pet Sounds. It's a little like sitting next to Beethoven: the film is tender and moving, but also awe-inspiring."
‑ Owen Gleiberman,
"Emerges as a weighty, fitting salute to Wilson's restless creativity and a touching celebration of the love that would prove to be his salvation."
‑ Allan Hunter, Screen International
"A wonderfully innervating cure for the common musical biopic ..."
‑ Andrew Barker, Variety
"The result is a disorienting and disappointing experience that finds one thinking a bit too obsessively about how little Dano and Cusack look alike."
‑ Tina Hassannia, Movie Mezzanine
""Love & Mercy" isn't a traditional music biopic. Instead, it's a survival story about a man who fought his own doubts, uncertainty from his own family, and those who used him, to come to a place where music and happiness could co-exist."
‑ Kevin Jagernauth, The Playlist
"A warm, neat tribute to the Beach Boys mastermind."
‑ Henry Barnes, Guardian
"Love & Mercy is an uneven biopic boosted by strong performances. Expect a vibrant soundtrack, but also a story that doesn't completely fly on the sum of its parts."
‑ Parker Mott, We Got This Covered
"Half of a great biopic about melodic pop genius Brian Wilson, played by two actors with very different results."
‑ Ian Gilchrist, HeyUGuys
"Catnip for fans of The Beach Boys. Three great performances by Paul Dano, John Cusack and Elizabeth Banks."
‑ Chris Bumbray, JoBlo's Movie Emporium
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