Love & Mercy

121 mins
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The life of reclusive Beach Boys singer-songwriter Brian Wilson, played by both Paul Dano and John Cusack. From Wilson's genre-defining... More

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Love & Mercy | Ratings & Reviews

"A fascinating life does not necessarily a fascinating biopic make. Thankfully Love & Mercy zeroes in on two specific phases of Beach Boy Brian Wilson’s troubled life, sparing us the dreary chore of ticking off all significant events along the way. Relief also comes by way of casting, with no prosthetics or uncanny valley CGI required to bring younger and older versions of Wilson to life."

Flicks, Steve NewallFlicks

"A wonderfully innervating cure for the common musical biopic..."


"Does an exquisite job with the interior spaces: cozy vocal booths, locked-off bedrooms, air-conditioned safety zones."

Time OutTime Out

"It's a loving tribute to the Beach Boys and the man responsible for their distinctive sound, but it goes to deeper and stranger places than most movies of its kind."

The New York TimesThe New York Times

"Wilson's life has been unusually rich. This biopic, like any biopic, is a cocktail of fact and myth. It's very sensitive to its subject, which can sometimes leave it feeling slight."

The GuardianThe Guardian

"An earnest attempt to convey the essential truth of Wilson’s extraordinary career and difficult life animates both halves of the film, and both performances."

The DissolveThe Dissolve

"The Dano sequences also benefit enormously from the dense sound collages created by composer Atticus Ross and utilised by director Bill Pohlad to dramatise Wilson's inner turmoil."


"Musically, the film is a miracle, right and riveting in every detail."

Rolling StoneRolling Stone

"A deeply satisfying pop biopic whose subject's bifurcated creative life lends itself to an unconventional structure."

Hollywood ReporterHollywood Reporter

Love & Mercy | Details

M, Drug use & offensive language
Drama, Music, True Story & Biography
Country of origin