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: 69% 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.

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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Michelle Ruiz

The Danish Girl might have been more revelatory 15 years ago, but if it's met with more informed, discerning eyes today, all the better. It certainly won't be viewers' first glimpse at a transgender story, nor their last.

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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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David Fontana
Film Inquiry

Although marketed as a supposedly progressive film about an important topic, it is, at times, almost unforgivably inaccurate. In addition to this, it is easily one of the most excruciatingly dull films I have seen all year.

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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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Kate Taylor
Globe and Mail

A sweet and inoffensive drama located in a pretty art deco past that makes the experience of transgender people palatable to a mainstream audience.

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Derek Malcolm
Huffington Post

The film is good-looking throughout, decently written and clearly capable of moving audiences.

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Jim Hunter
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KJ Proulx
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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