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The Danish Girl

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United Kingdom, United States, Germany · 2015
Rated R · 1h 59m
Director Tom Hooper
Starring Eddie Redmayne, Alicia Vikander, Matthias Schoenaerts, Ben Whishaw
Genre Drama

When Gerda Wegener asks her husband Einar to fill in as a portrait model, Einar discovers the person she's meant to be and begins living her life as Lili Elbe. Having realized her true self, and with Gerda's love and support, Lili embarks on a groundbreaking journey as a transgender pioneer.

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The Guardian by

Well-meaning and polished as it is, The Danish Girl is a determinedly mainstream melodrama that doesn’t really offer new perspectives on its theme.


TheWrap by Alonso Duralde

Director Tom Hooper shakes things up a bit with The Danish Girl, proving that he’s capable of making a movie that’s both steeped in awards-season prestige and in possession of a pulse.


Time Out London by Dave Calhoun

What Hooper fails to do is get to grips with sexual identity in any way that's intellectually or emotionally provocative or surprising. That makes for a cold, pretty, delicate movie – one that too often relies on scene-stealing production design or the overwhelmingly insipid score for its otherwise strikingly absent emotional power.


The Hollywood Reporter by David Rooney

If the movie remains safe, there's no questioning its integrity, or the balance of porcelain vulnerability and strength that Eddie Redmayne brings to the lead role.


IndieWire by Eric Kohn

The story suffers from a distracting aura of self-importance. Vikander brings a remarkable tenderness to her character (who, in real life, left her husband's side much earlier) but Redmayne's sharp gaze and toothy smile make it virtually impossible to ignore the actorly feat on display.


Hitfix by Gregory Ellwood

Considering Redmayne’s achievement it’s almost shocking that you can argue Vikander gives the more memorable performance.


CineVue by John Bleasdale

The Danish Girl is as handsome yet disappointingly flat as a painting on a chocolate box. It should certainly be applauded for bringing to light an unsung hero of the transgenderism, but in its unremitting tastefulness and sentimentality - even a beating has beautiful setting and a lovely bit of blood - it ultimately left this reviewer as cold as a dip in a Danish bog.


Variety by Peter Debruge

There’s no denying that Hooper and screenwriter Lucinda Coxon have delivered a cinematic landmark, one whose classical style all but disguises how controversial its subject matter still remains.

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