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Can You Ever Forgive Me?

  • Starring: Melissa McCarthy, Richard E. Grant, Dolly Wells
  • Director: Marielle Heller
  • Genre(s): Biography, Drama, Comedy
  • Rating: R
  • Running Time: 106 min.

When bestselling celebrity biographer, Lee Israel, is no longer able to get published because she has fallen out of step with current tastes, she turns her art form to deception, abetted by her loyal friend, Jack.

"Maintaining an audience’s sympathy for a character through their most fumbling, frustrating lows requires compassion and clarity of purpose, both of which McCarthy amply demonstrates here. It’s a career-best performance, the kind of nuanced turn we all suspected she could deliver, if only someone would give her a chance to do it. "
- Katie Rife, AV Club
"Can You Ever Forgive Me? demands not our love for this supremely difficult person but rather our respect for her defiance of an unsympathetic world. With such an impeccable presentation of such an intransigent personality, it is hard to deny her that. "
- Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"It’s the human side of the character that makes this McCarthy’s best performance to date, revealing haunting insights into friendship, loneliness, and creative insecurity. "
- Peter Debruge, Variety
"McCarthy and Grant’s rapport in these roles cannot be beat. Their caustic wit is mutual so each biting takedown is either appreciated or met by another in return. "
- Jared Mobarak, The Film Stage
"Believe the Oscar buzz for Melissa McCarthy in this true story of an out-of-work author who took up forgery to pay the bills. McCarthy shows she has what it takes to tackle drama and comedy and all stops in between: the power to amaze."
- Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"'Can You Ever Forgive Me?' feels worn and lived in - in a good way - with a world of musty vintage tomes and bar-room desperation given emotional life through McCarthy and a super supporting turn from Richard E. Grant."
- Brian Truitt, USA Today
"[McCarthy's] simply one of the best actors working today, and it didn't take a drama to see that. Can You Ever Forgive Me? most sings -- or rather, grumbles spectacularly -- when McCarthy and Grant are together."
- Jake Coyle, Associated Press
"'Can You Ever Forgive Me?' is that rare movie you never want to end, a film about broken people, loners who hover on the fringes, who scavenge what's left of the important stuff that more socially competent humans leave behind."
- Sasha Stone, TheWrap