Barrymore (2012)

Barrymore, set in 1942, follows acclaimed American actor John Barrymore (Christopher Plummer), a member of one of Hollywood's most well-known multi-generational theatrical dynasties. No longer a leading box office star, the film finds… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: November 15, 2012
DVD Release Date: May 7, 2013
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Robert Bianco
USA Today

Think of it as one great performer saluting another.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Mr. Plummer stumbles beautifully, poignantly and often, leering and searching through a haze of memory or, with concern edged with panic, calling for 'a line, a line' much as Richard III calls for a horse.

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James Plath
Movie Metropolis

Plummer is phenomenal, but be warned: you really have to like one-person shows in order to enjoy this 84-minute tour de force.

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David Hinckley
New York Daily News

Plummer commands the stage as easily and firmly as Barrymore must have. He makes us believe that Barrymore would indeed, as he tries to reach deep into his past and revive Richard, keep recalling his wives or breaking in to sing a pop song of the day.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

You wish you could be seeing this performance live, as it's meant to be seen - but lacking that, "Barrymore" on the big screen provides its own thrills.

Staci Layne Wilson

In spite of creating a CGI world around Plummer, much is lost in this translation, making an impressive performance from him seem inert.

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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic

The interest is in Plummer himself-who he is, what he can do.

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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly

Plummer is marvelous, flitting between reminiscence and Shakespearean recitation as a gifted artist aware of his own wretchedness.

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James Croot

As an acting masterclass, it's educational and entertaining.

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Walter M.
Once upon a time, there was a great actor named John Barrymore(Christopher Plummer) who while specializing in the classics, also appeared in quite a few early… More
John Ballantine
I was a little slow off the mark otherwise I would have been in the audience when they filmed Christopher Plummer doing his John Barrymore. Thank goodness HBO… More