The Danish Girl

The Danish Girl

The Danish Girl

Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything) and director Tom Hooper (The Kings Speech) gun for another Oscar with this true love story inspired by Lili Elbe (Redmayne) and Gerda Wegener (Alicia Vikander, Ex Machina), a married couple whose unbreakable union helped Lili transition from a man to a woman. 

Best Supporting Actress (Vikander) at the 2016 Academy Awards
2015Rating: M, Nudity & sex scenes120 minsUSA, UK
DramaTrue Story & BiographyHistorical
87%
want to see

Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

Destined to be the year's most talked-about arthouse phenomenon.

0
Time Out

Time Out

press

The film is so tasteful that you might barely realise the story involves a man having his penis surgically removed at a time when such a thing was barely known or possible.

2.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Hooper's tasteful, earnest, didactic style - magnified by Alexandre Desplat's decorously overwrought score - does the film no favors.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Has charm, but not quite passion.

3.0
0
SBS

SBS

press

Redmayne's translucence of skin and of expression serves his performance well.

0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

It frankly takes a while to unpack its themes and gain our interest, but it finally allows us to unmistakably experience the powerful drives that motivate the action.

0
Little White Lies

Little White Lies

press

Redmayne and Vikander, along with the film's dusky flourishes, allow The Danish Girl to reach beyond the awards it was designed to win.

4.0
0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Redmayne is able to shed his own persona to go undercover into the lives of people facing extreme physical and emotional challenges.

0
FilmInk

FilmInk

press

Tom Hooper transforms this story into the most gorgeous and accessible film that you could make given the subject.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Redmayne's fine bone-china features are prime movers in all of this being convincing but so is his performance, reticent, vulnerable and acutely observed.

4.0
0

Oh what could have been. The story of Lili Elbe is a powerful, engaging, and dramatic tale but this film biopic of her life seemed to fall a little flat only fully engaging the audience at intervals. Redmayne also seems to be lacking depth resorting to wide eye crying whenever Elbe is trying to process difficulty. The saving grace of this film is Vikander...

3.0
0

Eddie Redmayne was amazing! Kept us drawn in the whole way through. Greatly performed even made me shed a few tears! Alicia Vikande of course was just stunning and almost stole the show

5.0
0

I enjoyed this film and think it did a pretty good job of showing how difficult it can be for someone when a person they love literally becomes someone else. I had never really considered that before. Apart from a terribly overwrought part at the very end it was well handled.

4.0
0

I wasn't sure what to expect of the movie. We see Lili emerge in a marriage, and is eventually accepted by Alicia Vikande, the wife. Eddie Redmayne transforms amazingly into a very womanly woman. Far more girly than any woman I know. Who knows, it was set in the past. I think the movie doesn't put enough emphasis on Gerda's side of the story. The...

3.0
0

Worthy of actor and actress noms? Absolutely. Best picture? Meh. Look THOROUGHLY enjoyed it - an amazing account of courage and unconditional love. But at the end of the day just not the sort of story I seek out really...but throw Alicia Vikander in Ex Machina, and I'm there. Took the perfect person...my other half!

3.0
0

Despite astounding acting from Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander the average direction leaves you wishing this movie had more of an emotional blow from its tragic story but it's a decent watch nonetheless.

4.0
0

Alicia Vikander absolutely shone in this true story drama of Lili Elbe - a tragic story that was told without fuss and with an emotional depth. Eddie Redmayne was fantastic as expected, but Alicia truly stole the show. Glad to see her getting these great roles!

4.0
0

I agree with The Guardian's review, where they stated that this film "Has charm, but not quite passion". A good, enjoyable film, but it will not be one of the best films I will see this year. Worth a watch, though perhaps not a 'must see' in the cinemas.

3.0
0

The cinematography, costume design and acting were spot on. Was slightly envious of Amber Heard's wardrobe in this movie. Definitely recommend this movie.

3.0
0

Stellar performances from Eddie and Alicia...they bring to live the sad and moving story of Lili. Just beautiful!

4.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

Destined to be the year's most talked-about arthouse phenomenon.

0
Time Out

Time Out

press

The film is so tasteful that you might barely realise the story involves a man having his penis surgically removed at a time when such a thing was barely known or possible.

2.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Hooper's tasteful, earnest, didactic style - magnified by Alexandre Desplat's decorously overwrought score - does the film no favors.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Has charm, but not quite passion.

3.0
0
SBS

SBS

press

Redmayne's translucence of skin and of expression serves his performance well.

0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

It frankly takes a while to unpack its themes and gain our interest, but it finally allows us to unmistakably experience the powerful drives that motivate the action.

0
Little White Lies

Little White Lies

press

Redmayne and Vikander, along with the film's dusky flourishes, allow The Danish Girl to reach beyond the awards it was designed to win.

4.0
0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Redmayne is able to shed his own persona to go undercover into the lives of people facing extreme physical and emotional challenges.

0
FilmInk

FilmInk

press

Tom Hooper transforms this story into the most gorgeous and accessible film that you could make given the subject.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Redmayne's fine bone-china features are prime movers in all of this being convincing but so is his performance, reticent, vulnerable and acutely observed.

4.0
0

Oh what could have been. The story of Lili Elbe is a powerful, engaging, and dramatic tale but this film biopic of her life seemed to fall a little flat only fully engaging the audience at intervals. Redmayne also seems to be lacking depth resorting to wide eye crying whenever Elbe is trying to process difficulty. The saving grace of this film is Vikander...

3.0
0

Eddie Redmayne was amazing! Kept us drawn in the whole way through. Greatly performed even made me shed a few tears! Alicia Vikande of course was just stunning and almost stole the show

5.0
0

I enjoyed this film and think it did a pretty good job of showing how difficult it can be for someone when a person they love literally becomes someone else. I had never really considered that before. Apart from a terribly overwrought part at the very end it was well handled.

4.0
0

I wasn't sure what to expect of the movie. We see Lili emerge in a marriage, and is eventually accepted by Alicia Vikande, the wife. Eddie Redmayne transforms amazingly into a very womanly woman. Far more girly than any woman I know. Who knows, it was set in the past. I think the movie doesn't put enough emphasis on Gerda's side of the story. The...

3.0
0

Worthy of actor and actress noms? Absolutely. Best picture? Meh. Look THOROUGHLY enjoyed it - an amazing account of courage and unconditional love. But at the end of the day just not the sort of story I seek out really...but throw Alicia Vikander in Ex Machina, and I'm there. Took the perfect person...my other half!

3.0
0

Despite astounding acting from Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander the average direction leaves you wishing this movie had more of an emotional blow from its tragic story but it's a decent watch nonetheless.

4.0
0

Alicia Vikander absolutely shone in this true story drama of Lili Elbe - a tragic story that was told without fuss and with an emotional depth. Eddie Redmayne was fantastic as expected, but Alicia truly stole the show. Glad to see her getting these great roles!

4.0
0

I agree with The Guardian's review, where they stated that this film "Has charm, but not quite passion". A good, enjoyable film, but it will not be one of the best films I will see this year. Worth a watch, though perhaps not a 'must see' in the cinemas.

3.0
0

The cinematography, costume design and acting were spot on. Was slightly envious of Amber Heard's wardrobe in this movie. Definitely recommend this movie.

3.0
0

Stellar performances from Eddie and Alicia...they bring to live the sad and moving story of Lili. Just beautiful!

4.0
0