The Danish Girl
The Danish Girl (2015)

The remarkable love story inspired by the lives of artists Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener. Lili and Gerda's marriage and work evolve as they navigate Lili's groundbreaking journey as a transgender pioneer. -- (C) Focus Features

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: November 27, 2015
DVD Release Date: March 1, 2016
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Critic Score: 68% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Danish Girl serves as another showcase for Eddie Redmayne's talent -- and poignantly explores thought-provoking themes with a beautifully filmed biopic drama.

Alexandra MacAaron
Women's Voices for Change

The Danish Girl oversimplifies Lili's transition. If all she craves are the trappings of femininity, she is missing more than a second x-chromosome. Vikander's complex portrayal of Gerda reveals much more about the essence of being a woman.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

It is well honed, engaging and accessible, stocked with handsome period piece images of life a century ago, unfailingly mature. And a bit wearisome.

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Robert Kojder
Flickering Myth

The Danish Girl is a movie for people in this day and age that need everything spoon-fed to them safe and clean, without room to do anything daring or bold

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

Only Vikander's performance elevates it above its pretty surface. Her Gerda tells us a story of a woman desperately in love with a man who's vanished, but whose eyes still gaze at her.

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Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Only when the camera is on Vikander does the film transcend its artifice. In one of the year's best performances, she imbues Gerda with such poignancy and grace that Redmayne all but fades into the background.

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Mohar Basu
The Times of India

You wish the film was less conventional in its approach, but it delivers so much that you can barely complain.

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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic

"The Danish Girl" is beautifully shot and tastefully made and acted, but only Vikander seems willing to take chances. Happily, she does.

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Matthew Lickona
San Diego Reader

Eventually, [Hooper] surrenders to the visual and psychological displays attendant on Redmayne's prolonged transformation from Einar to Lili.

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Matthew Bond
The Mail on Sunday (UK)

If Redmayne's performance as Einar/Lili is all artifice and mannerisms, Vikander's turn as Gerda is an understated, naturalistic delight.

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Flixster Audience Score: 73% Flixster User Reviews
Jim Hunter
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Christian C
"The Danish Girl" is a beautiful film with good intentions, but it fails to appreciate the complexity of the issues tackled. In a strangely tone-deaf… More
Mark Hobin
Despite the film's title, Gerda Wegener is the more intriguing presence as the wife. The production begins so tastefully restrained and sensitive that it… More
Carlos Magalhães
Hooper is a desperate award hunter who never takes risks even with this kind of material in his hands, trying so hard to make it all wholesome and palatable for… More
Nate Zoebl
While you watch The Danish Girl, you can feel the full weight of everybody's good intentions. The filmmakers and cast all seem to realize that they are… More