Stage Beauty
Stage Beauty (2004)

It's the 1660s, and Edward 'Ned' Kynaston is England's most celebrated leading lady. Women are forbidden to appear on stage and Ned profits, using his beauty and skill to make the great female roles his own. But King Charles… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: October 22, 2004
DVD Release Date: March 8, 2005
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Kathy Cano Murillo
Arizona Republic

The attraction to Stage Beauty is that it is just as much a campy comedy as it is an elegant drama.

Tom Long
Detroit News

Even if playwright Jeffrey Hatcher was a bit too tied up in his original play, there's no denying the wonderful wit at its center.

Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

Danes, as usual, overplays her character's every emotion.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

It's a Restoration romantic comedy that struggles with the romance and isn't nearly comic enough.

Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star

While Eyre's direction is somewhat squarely theatrical, his sense both of period and the theatrical milieu is powerful.

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Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight

"Stage Beauty" has the grace and charm of a great play. It has its acts, its drama and its comedy.

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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald

Has a weird, compelling energy, fueled by a deliciously dynamic cast, a cheerfully bawdy and odd story line and a refreshing, impossible romance.

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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times

Director Eyre brings a brisk energy and knowing eye to the period textures, atmosphere and supporting characters one expects in a drama-comedy unfolding by candlelight on backstages and behind palace walls.

Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer

A vapid confection.

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Flixster Audience Score: 78% Flixster User Reviews
Jim Hunter
Drag actor Ned Kynaston's career is ruined when Charles II reopens the theaters and allows women to appear on stage. The historical inaccuracies of this… More
Megan S
I was pleasantly surprised by this movie. I really wasn't sure what to expect going in but I enjoyed it. It was a little hard to get into but it picked up… More
Conner Rainwater
The ultimate gender confusion/sexual identity movie. I found myself liking this a great deal more than the beloved Shakespeare in Love (which I don't… More
Cassandra Maples
Stage Beauty is another adaptation of a play. Yawn? Well don't, because it also happens to make a highly successful transition from stage to screen thanks… More
Cynthia S.
One of my favorite Billy Crudup movies (the other-- Almost Famous). He does a fabulous performance where he is sexy, beautiful, sad and the audience truly… More
Alice Shen
Pretty nice but after watching the special features, I was appalled to know how little this movie was researched. Anachronisms don't work if you ground… More

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