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Love & Mercy

Love & Mercy

Biography, Drama, Music

In the 1960s, Beach Boys leader Brian Wilson struggles with emerging psychosis as he attempts to craft his avant-garde pop masterpiece. In the 1980s, he is a broken, confused man under the 24-hour watch of shady therapist Dr. Eugene Landy.

The critical consensus

This is the film Brian Wilson’s talent deserves: original, smart and affecting.

****(*)Ian Freer, Empire Online, 06/07/2015

Don’t worry, baby: Pohlad’s biopic is reverent, duly, but also rich, clever, warm and sensitive. Banks and Giamatti provide anchor, Cusack impresses and Dano surfs to glory.

****(*)Kevin Harley, Total Film, 06/07/2015

For all its outlandish storytelling conceits, this is almost certainly the most authentic account of its subject that anyone has yet given us.

Geoffrey MacNab, The Independent, 09/07/2015

The Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson is played by two actors – Paul Dano and John Cusack – in this heartfelt and eloquent tribute to one of pop’s greatest innovators.

****(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 09/07/2015

Mixing fact and fiction this strange double-telling of the Brian Wilson story is a truthful reminder of the songwriter’s alchemical magic.

****(*)Mark Kermode, The Observer, 12/07/2015

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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