Mr. Turner

Mr. Turner

Mr. Turner

From writer-director Mike Leigh, an exploration of the life and work of eccentric British impressionist great J.M.W. Turner (1775-1851). Stars Leigh's frequent collaborators Timothy Spall in a Best Actor award-winning performance at Cannes 2014, Paul Jesson and Ruth Sheen.

"Profoundly affected by the death of his father, loved by a housekeeper he takes for granted and occasionally exploits sexually, Turner forms a close relationship with a seaside landlady with whom he eventually lives incognito in Chelsea, where he dies. Throughout this, he travels, paints, stays with the country aristocracy, visits brothels, is a popular if anarchic member of the Royal Academy of Arts, has himself strapped to the mast of a ship so that he can paint a snowstorm, and is both celebrated and reviled by the public and by royalty." (Cannes Film Festival)

Best Actor (Spall) at Cannes Film Festival 2014
2014Rating: M, Sex scenes150 minsUK
DramaTrue Story & Biography

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Mr. Turner / Reviews

Flicks, Adam Fresco

Flicks, Adam Fresco

Beginning with Turner in middle age, Mike Leigh presents a series of vignettes that build, like paint on canvas, to create a complex portrait of renowned English artist and “painter of light”, J.M. Turner. The lack of backstory, and fractured narrative, will leave those without prior knowledge all at sea, anchored only by Timothy Spall’s warts n’ all portrayal of a man who says of himself: “When I peruse myself in a looking glass, I see a gargoyle.”

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Variety

Variety

An exquisitely detailed, brilliantly acted biopic.

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Total Film

Total Film

Rarely has watching paint dry been so fascinating.

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Time Out

Time Out

Offers a wonderfully rich tapestry of experience and digs deeply into a complicated, contradictory life.

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The Telegraph

The Telegraph

Beyond the troughful of fun tics, Spall makes Turner tenderly and totally human — the effect of which is to make his artistic talents seem even more extraordinary still.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

What a glorious film this is, richly and immediately enjoyable, hitting its satisfying stride straight away. A feat of confidence, with an outstanding performance from Spall.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

Manages to illuminate that nexus between biography and art with elegant understatement.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

Shimmering with awards potential, Leigh’s glorious picture is a hilarious, confounding, wholehearted and dazzlingly performed portrait of an artist as an ageing man.

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