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I Saw the Light (15)

Biography, Drama, Music

The story of the country-western singer Hank Williams, who in his brief life created one of the greatest bodies of work in American music. The film chronicles his rise to fame and its tragic effect on his health and personal life.

The critical consensus

Tom Hiddleston and Elizabeth Olsen illuminate this so-so Hank Williams biopic.

***(*)(*)Emma Simmonds, The List, 02/05/2016

The British actor does a fine, intelligent turn as the troubled singer Hank Williams, but this baggy biopic never really finds its shape.

***(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 05/05/2016

It’s a fine piece of acting but the film itself has nothing like the emotional depth of even one of Hank’s lesser songs.

**(*)(*)(*)Geoffrey MacNab, The Independent, 04/05/2016

Tom Hiddleston doesn’t quite hit the right key in this Hank Williams biopic.

**(*)(*)(*)Wendy Ide, The Observer, 08/05/2016

Hiddleston and Olsen impress, and the music remains golden, but this is just another by-the-numbers biopic.

***(*)(*)Chris Hewitt, Empire Online, 19/04/2016

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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