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Stage Beauty

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United Kingdom, United States, Germany
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2004

Rated R · 1h 46m

Director Richard Eyre
Starring Claire Danes, Billy Crudup, Derek Hutchinson, Mark Letheren

Genre Comedy, Romance

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Maria, a dresser who dreams of standing under the spotlight, forms an unlikely relationship with London theatre star Ned Kynaston, an actor who ironically gained success through his portrayal of women on the stage. Both harbouring secrets of their own, a story of love, passion, acceptance, and companionship unfolds before our eyes.

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90

The Hollywood Reporter by

Those who thought "Shakespeare In Love" was as good as it gets in intelligent costume romantic comedy will find that director Richard Eyre and writer Jeffrey Hatcher have taken the form to a higher level.
80

Empire by Alan Morrison

A film that, despite being about theatre itself, is remarkably cinematic and entirely unafraid to revel in the English language.
70

Newsweek by David Ansen

It's a marvelous premise, and Crudup's serpentine performance has a venomous grace. But Jeffrey Hatcher's screenplay too often sacrifices psychological insight for bogus theatricality.
40

The New Yorker by David Denby

Second-rate bawdiness--that is, bawdiness without the wit of Boccaccio or Shakespeare or even Tom Stoppard--is more infantile than funny, and I’m not sure that the American playwright Jeffrey Hatcher, who concocted this piece for the stage and then adapted it into a movie, is even second-rate.
80

Variety by David Rooney

This skillfully acted, handsomely crafted frock piece toys cleverly with gender confusion and sexual identity.
63

ReelViews by James Berardinelli

For every thing that Stage Beauty does right, it fumbles at least one other element, resulting in a movie-going experience that is of the glass half-full/half-empty variety.

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