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Welcome to Marwen (12A)

Fantasy, Drama

A drama in which an artist creates a miniature world to aid his recovery following a brutal attack.

The critical consensus

A genuine oddity, Welcome To Marwen may not hit the emotional highs but mixes high-concept fun with a sincere attempt to describe trauma in an original visceral way. And Zemeckis’ filmmaking remains exemplary.

***(*)(*)Ian Freer, Empire Online, 19/12/2018

Robert Zemeckis tries too hard to sentimentalise Mark Hogancamp’s story, meaning what might have been a complicated drama plays like a dud Forrest Gump.

**(*)(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 19/12/2018

The film is an arresting and very original affair - a mainstream film about a hate crime that plays out like an escapist fantasy adventure.

****(*)Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent, 25/12/2018

Zemeckis gets the best out of Carell, but doesn’t really get close to his subject.

***(*)(*)Adam Woodward, Little White Lies, 02/01/2019

This dramatised version isn't as compelling in its handling of trauma, relying on cliched romantic tropes to push the story forward and short-changing its subjects with cheesy dialogue.

**(*)(*)(*)Katherine McLaughlin, The List, 29/12/2018

Like the animated intrusions into Hogancamp’s life, the good and the bad of the film are a thoroughly blended mixture.

***(*)(*)Marc Nelson, Review Sphere, 05/01/2019

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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