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Disaster Artist, The (15)

Biography, Comedy, Drama

When Greg Sestero, an aspiring film actor, meets the weird and mysterious Tommy Wiseau in an acting class, they form a unique friendship and travel to Hollywood to make their dreams come true.

The critical consensus

It’s a nice irony that one of the worst movies in recent history has enabled James Franco to make one of the best films in his own chequered career.

****(*)Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent, 29/11/2017

There are limits to how interesting so-bad-it’s-good really is. I am more afraid of so-good-it’s-bad: middlebrow ghastly good taste, period drama from the classiest of names, often garlanded with Oscars. In the end, The Disaster Artist teaches us a great truth. Life is too short for anything except so-good-it’s-good.

***(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 30/11/2017

The Disaster Artist is more than a simple demolition job of the dreamer who made it.

****(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 30/11/2017

Funny, heartfelt and utterly bizarre.

Hannah Woodhead, Little White Lies, 01/12/2017

The Disaster Artist is an indulgent salute to the cockeyed dreamers of the film world and softens its ridicule with a good measure of affection.

***(*)(*)Allan Hunter, Daily Express, 01/12/2017

James Franco’s meticulous retelling of the making of ‘the greatest bad movie ever’ is a tragicomic tour de force.

****(*)Mark Kermode, The Observer, 03/12/2017

Charming, sympathetic and very funny take on the making of cult monstrosity The Room.

****(*)Katherine McLaughlin, The List, 04/12/2017

Sincere and sporadically funny, The Disaster Artist is an endearing tribute to failing in Hollywood. Anyway, how is your sex life?

****(*)John Nugent, Empire Online, 06/12/2017

Features about Disaster Artist, The (15)

James Franco finally finds his place in Hollywood with The Disaster Artists.

Guy Lodge, The Guardian, 01/12/2017

The Disaster Artist: How James Franco managed to make a wide-release, studio film about a niche, film-fan joke.

Christopher Hooton, The Independent, 08/12/2017

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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