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


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

Guardian (UK)


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)


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