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Supernova

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United Kingdom

2021

Rated R • 1h 34m

Director Harry Macqueen

Starring Colin Firth, Stanley Tucci, Pippa Haywood, Peter MacQueen

Genre Drama, Romance

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Sam and Tusker, partners for 20 years, take their old RV across England to visit friends and family. The two value their time together even more since Tusker’s recent diagnosis with early-onset dementia. But their love is tested as the trip progresses and Tusker’s dementia starts to take hold.

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75

San Francisco Chronicle by David Lewis

Writer-director Harry Macqueen puts the fate of his film on the shoulders of his two leads — Colin Firth as Sam, Stanley Tucci as Tusker — and both actors deliver some of the best work of their careers.
100

The New York Times by Glenn Kenny

It’s rare to see a cinematic drama executed with such consistent care as Supernova, written and directed by Harry Macqueen and starring Colin Firth and Stanley Tucci. And here, that care pays off to devastating effect.
80

Variety by Guy Lodge

But it’s Firth’s Sam who finally carries the film’s heart, and exquisitely so, as his fear, anger and mounting insecurity lash out the more he tries to remain undemonstrative. (He also pulls off some able, plaintive piano-playing by his own hand.)
90

Slate by Karen Han

Supernova is modest in every respect except its emotional impact. In the characters’ internal arcs, the title—the name for a stellar explosion—comes fully into perspective.
88

The Associated Press by Mark Kennedy

The actors Stanley Tucci and Colin Firth have been friends for 20 years and that is plainly evident watching them play longtime lovers in the wrenchingly beautiful film Supernova. The award-winning duo are like a well-worn sweater onscreen, comfortable and lived-in, showing the kind of tart affection people show when ardor’s lust has given way to the slow burn of adoration.
60

The Hollywood Reporter by Stephen Dalton

Plenty to admire here, if only this tasteful tearjerker lived up to its title with a few more explosive fireworks instead of settling for timid twinkles, ending not with a bang but a whimper.

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