Rotten Tomatoes

Movies / TV

    Celebrity

      No Results Found

      View All
      Movies Tv shows Shop News Showtimes
      TRAILER 2:34

      Can You Ever Forgive Me?

      2018, Biography/Comedy, 1h 46m

      324 Reviews 2,500+ Ratings

      What to know

      Critics Consensus

      Deftly directed and laced with dark wit, Can You Ever Forgive Me? proves a compelling showcase for deeply affecting work from Richard E. Grant and Melissa McCarthy. Read critic reviews

      You might also like

      See More
      The Persian Version
      Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot
      Papi chulo
      I, Tonya
      The Wolf of Wall Street

      Where to watch Can You Ever Forgive Me?

      Rent/buy Rent/buy Rent/buy

      Rent Can You Ever Forgive Me? on Amazon Prime Video, Vudu, Apple TV, or buy it on Amazon Prime Video, Vudu, Apple TV.

      Rate And Review

      User image

      Verified

      • User image

        Super Reviewer

        Rate this movie

        Oof, that was Rotten.

        Meh, it passed the time.

        It’s good – I’d recommend it.

        Awesome!

        So Fresh: Absolute Must See!

        What did you think of the movie? (optional)



      • You're almost there! Just confirm how you got your ticket.

      • User image

        Super Reviewer

        Step 2 of 2

        How did you buy your ticket?

        Let's get your review verified.

        • Fandango

        • AMCTheatres.com or AMC AppNew

        • Cinemark Coming Soon

          We won’t be able to verify your ticket today, but it’s great to know for the future.

        • Regal Coming Soon

          We won’t be able to verify your ticket today, but it’s great to know for the future.

        • Theater box office or somewhere else

        You're almost there! Just confirm how you got your ticket.

      • User image

        Super Reviewer

        Rate this movie

        Oof, that was Rotten.

        Meh, it passed the time.

        It’s good – I’d recommend it.

        Awesome!

        So Fresh: Absolute Must See!

        What did you think of the movie? (optional)

      • How did you buy your ticket?

        • Fandango

        • AMCTheatres.com or AMC AppNew

        • Cinemark Coming Soon

          We won’t be able to verify your ticket today, but it’s great to know for the future.

        • Regal Coming Soon

          We won’t be able to verify your ticket today, but it’s great to know for the future.

        • Theater box office or somewhere else

      Can You Ever Forgive Me?  Photos

      Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018)

      Movie Info

      Lee Israel is a frustrated, hard-drinking author who can barely afford to pay her rent or bills in 1990s New York. Desperate for money, Israel soon hatches a scheme to forge letters by famous writers and sell them to bookstores and collectors. When the dealers start to catch on, Lee recruits a dubious friend to help her continue her self-destructive cycle of trickery and deceit.

      • Rating: R (Language|Brief Drug Use|Some Sexual References)

      • Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama, Lgbtq+

      • Original Language: English

      • Director: Marielle Heller

      • Producer: Anne Carey, Amy Nauiokas, David Yarnell

      • Writer: Nicole Holofcener, Jeff Whitty

      • Release Date (Theaters):  limited

      • Release Date (Streaming):

      • Box Office (Gross USA): $8.8M

      • Runtime:

      • Distributor: Fox Searchlight

      • Production Co: Archer Gray

      • Aspect Ratio: Scope (2.35:1)

      Cast & Crew

      News & Interviews for Can You Ever Forgive Me?

      Critic Reviews for Can You Ever Forgive Me?

      Audience Reviews for Can You Ever Forgive Me?

      • Mar 03, 2019

        Melissa McCarthy and Richard E. Grant as terribly witty rejects who find each other moping in the dregs of self-medication in the bowels of New York City. As effective a personality study as you are ever to see, this work resonates long after the credits roll as an American Masterpiece Theater, an answer to the question: what happens to wasted talent in the Land Of Opportunity? Must see, and proof that New York City still has something to say.

        kevin w Super Reviewer
      • Feb 25, 2019

        Mad props to Melissa McCarthy for turning it around with this after Happytime Murders and Life of the Party. Actually after basically every single thing I've seen her in up until this point. I honestly can't think of a single role I've liked her in. Until Lee Israel of course, because as her, in this, McCarthy is great. Respect for Richard E. Grant in the supporting role as well. It took me a little while after I'd finished watching Can You Ever Forgive Me? to realise I liked it as much as I did, but I did.

        Super Reviewer
      • Feb 24, 2019

        Lee Israel is the perfect subject for a movie like this. You can't sensationalize the story because her crimes were so esoteric so you have to probe deeper and the results are far more fascinating. McCarthy and Grant are just terrific and the screenplay is filled with wit.

        Super Reviewer
      • Feb 17, 2019

        The impression I have is that this is a film struggling to find something to say with the material it has, but the result, however dull at times, manages to be enjoyable and interesting thanks to McCarthy and Grant, who are both too good and have an excellent chemistry together.

        Super Reviewer

      Movie & TV guides

      View All