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: June 5, 2015
DVD Release Date: September 15, 2015
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Critic Score: 91% 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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Bill Newcott
AARP Movies for Grownups

Just as they did in the tumultuous '60s - then again as each of us faced our own upheavals over the decades - the hopeful, tuneful, impeccably harmonized songs of Brian Wilson fade in and save the day, then sail off into a perfect California sunset.

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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com

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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MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

Intense, unconventional, often uncomfortable portrait of Beach Boys leader Brian Wilson that transcends the typical clichés about madness and creativity.

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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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James Mottram
South China Morning Post

Rather like one of Wilson's records, it's a film of surprisingly effective layers, building towards a hugely satisfying crescendo.

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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