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Can You Ever Forgive Me?'s user reviews

The New Yorker

It?s one of the rare movies that give a cinematic identity to literary creation, that virtually bursts with the athletic pleasure of imagination.

Read review Richard Brody

'Can You Ever Forgive Me?' ends up finding its own place, becoming one of the biggest surprises of the year, it is a curious story that deserves to be discovered.

Read review Daniel Martínez Mantilla

Certainly, Heller shows enormous affection for Lee, whom most of us probably couldn?t stand if we met her on the street. Nor would we want to spend two minutes in her apartment.

Read review Peter Debruge
Rolling Stone

Director Marielle Heller, who made a triumphant debut with 2015?s 'The Diary of a Teenage Girl', scores again here. She steeps the movie in the atmospheric flavor of early-1990s Manhattan that reminds you of vintage Woody Allen films and 'Seinfeld'.

Read review Peter Travers
New York Times

Partly because the movie is so splendidly and completely absorbed in its characters and their milieu, it communicates much more than a quirky appreciation for old books and odd readers.

Read review A.O. Scott

McCarthy elevates the material at every opportunity, and whenever the camera lingers on her expressions, she?s a study in contradictions, tough and tender all at once.

Read review Eric Kohn
The Hollywood Reporter

Heller captures a vivid sense of place and time, and the music choices ? favorites from another era, often performed in vibrant new recordings ? provide delightful background. The highlight is Blossom Dearie?s rendition of Henry Mancini?s tune, "Charade,".

Read review Stephen Farber
The Wrap

The film is an impressive showcase for McCarthy, giving her a role that tests her dramatic chops without being humor-free.

Read review Alonos Duralde
The Guardian

In this shaggy, melancholic true story, the Oscar nominee [McCarthy] delivers some of her best work yet as a struggling biographer who finds an unlikely new source of income.

Read review Benjamin Lee
USA Today

Melissa McCarthy does way more than just make us laugh in the darkly comedic biopic 'Can You Ever Forgive Me?': She gives a supremely soulful and career-best performance as an unlikely literary criminal.

Read review Brian Truitt