The Death & Life of John F. Donovan

Kit Harrington (Game of Thrones) and Oscar winners Natalie Portman and Susan Sarandon star in this riches-to-rags story of a TV celebrity and his 11-year-old pen pal fan. When the letters they write to each other get out, it triggers a massive storm of press. The English-language debut of filmmaker Xavier Dolan (Mommy), who reportedly had to cut an entire character out of the final edit that was played by Jessica Chastain.

Hollywood Reporter

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Dolan has not quite salvaged a story whose default setting seems to be mirthless, ponderous navel-gazing.

Guardian (UK)

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None of it rings remotely true and his insistence on playing out so many scenes at such a high level can make it an excruciating watch.

IndieWire (USA)

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A campy (if at times inspired) burst of melodrama and ludicrous scenarios caving into each other in a spectacular mash of half-baked ideas. Read full review