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      The Death and Life of John F. Donovan

      R Released Dec 13, 2019 2 hr. 3 min. Drama TRAILER for The Death and Life of John F. Donovan: Trailer 1 List
      19% 32 Reviews Tomatometer 54% 250+ Ratings Audience Score A young actor reminisces about a dead American TV star and the correspondence they shared. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Premiered Sep 12 Buy Now

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      The Death and Life of John F. Donovan finds writer-director Xavier Dolan flailing at profundity with a technically assured drama that never makes sense of its own ideas.

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      John B I thought it was ok overall as the story started out interesting, but never really seemed to lead anywhere with the characters and by the end of it, I still wasn't really sure who John Donovan was. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 07/14/23 Full Review Dominique S Tried my best to like this because of Kit but it was all over the place. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/05/23 Full Review jelisije j The life and death of a closet gay book writer celebrity and the young boy who tells his tale of the man who gave him the courage to be himself. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review stewart m Lots of really good actors trying to make a schmaltzy script work. Cringeworthy at times. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review andy n The film is complicated, too complicated! Long, very long! There is little love! Good ending, and good lines of letter at the end of the film. But still, it's boringly contrived and not original! Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member The film tried too hard to be profound - and instead was simply boring. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 02/11/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Jeannette Catsoulis New York Times From its contrived structure to its forced speechifying, this story... never acquires the emotional potency or coherence its themes demand. Dec 12, 2019 Full Review Mike D'Angelo AV Club In any case, what remains of John F. Donovan is a barely coherent mess, and so eager for your approval that it's hard to feel anything but sorry for it. Rated: C- Dec 11, 2019 Full Review Peter Debruge Variety A work of stunning technique eclipsed by its increasingly jaw-dropping solipsism... Sep 13, 2018 Full Review Ben Turner The Pink Lens Nothing but a prestige piece for a fictional character with inexplicable iconoclasm and half-baked coming-of-age schmaltz that tries really hard - and fails - to pluck at the heart strings. This is a fairly major misfire for Dolan. Rated: 2/5 Sep 1, 2021 Full Review Jason Adams My New Plaid Pants Man this thing flounders. My only thought at its end was what, pray tell, was the point of all this? Jul 14, 2021 Full Review Luke Gorham In Review Online These moments lead us to Dolan the pedant, whose explicit articulation of ideas obscures a career-long attention to character and form. Jul 29, 2020 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis A young actor reminisces about a dead American TV star and the correspondence they shared.
      Director
      Xavier Dolan
      Screenwriter
      Xavier Dolan, Jacob Tierney
      Distributor
      Momentum Pictures
      Production Co
      Lyla Films, Warp Films
      Rating
      R (Some Sexual Material|Language Throughout)
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Dec 13, 2019, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Dec 13, 2019
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