Still Alice

Still Alice

(2015)

Julianne Moore (in an Oscar, BAFTA and Golden Globe winning performance), Alec Baldwin, Kate Bosworth and Kristen Stewart star in this drama based on the bestselling novel by Lisa Genova. Harvard professor Alice (Moore) is happily married with three grown children, until she is diagnosed with the early onset of Alzheimer’s disease. ... More

Forgetfulness is an unfamiliar concept for a linguistics professor, but when Alice finds herself struggling to remember words, it eventually becomes clear that something out of the ordinary is going on. When the diagnosis of Alzheimer's arrives she is forced to deal with a terrifying future decline, while trying to maintain her career, marriage, and family life.Hide

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Anyone with a loved one suffering from Alzheimer’s, or any other neurological disorder, will find this harrowing account of one woman’s struggle with the disease painfully honest. It’s no wonder tissues were handed out prior to a recent Auckland screening.... More

Thankfully, Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland, in adapting Lisa Genova’s bestselling 2007 novel, don’t manipulate the subject matter needlessly, which is more than could be said of the growing number of Hollywood films about illness. (Hilary Swank in You’re Not You, anyone?) Still, it does occasionally suffer, particularly during the family scenes, from a sense of made-for-TV-movie syndrome.

Viewers may wonder early on where such a story can really travel – most of us are familiar with the degenerative effects of the disease. But thanks to Julianne Moore’s startlingly moving performance, and a script rife with interesting literary and scientific references, this transcends its simple storyline.

Naturally, the success of the film lies squarely with Moore. Not only is she thoroughly deserving of her recent Golden Globe win, she’s top contender for the Best Actress Oscar. As we witness the linguistics professor’s declining acuity as she fumbles for the right words or loses herself, quite literally, in familiar surroundings, Moore never once obscures the independent, intelligent character behind her affliction, playing Alice as though there’s merely a debilitating gauze over her mind.

Alec Baldwin also gives a solid performance as her caring but frustrated husband, and Kristen Stewart, though still unshakably emo, is well cast as Alice’s understanding actress daughter. Still Alice is Moore's film though, and she all but eclipses her castmates.Hide


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Average script. Could (and should) have been so much more.


BY Gaspardation superstar

Julian Moore deserves an Oscar, really.


BY LucB wannabe

The film is put together very well. Although it has an excellent cause, it is slightly more educational than simply being a drama, and this takes away from the enjoyment a little. To its credit, the screenplay does have layering and depth. Julianne Moore's high-level acting skills have their day, and Alec Baldwin's contribution is not to be underestimated. Kristen Stewart adds her special touch, and earns a few stripes.


BY gunner nobody

story line was ok giving a look at the illness and compareing it with
people that i know and its effect on their lives. rateing 3/ 5


The Press Reviews

89% of critics recommend.
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  • I was a mess at the end of it... It is her journey into oblivion that you experience in this. Full Review

  • The rare film possessed with the courage required to shine a light into that abyss knowing full well that down is the only way out. Full Review

  • Extremely moving in the gentlest, most linear way, and the other performances are sterling, too. Full Review

  • The toll the disease takes on the life of a brilliant linguistics professor is superbly detailed by Julianne Moore in a career-high performance. Full Review

  • Julianne Moore guides us through the tragic arc of how it must feel to disappear before one’s own eyes, accomplishing one of her most powerful performances by underplaying the scenario. Full Review

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