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  • 100
    Leslie Felperin The Hollywood Reporter

    Anchored by a masterful performance by Timothy Spall in a role he was born to play, and gilded by career-best effort from DoP Dick Pope, working for the first time on digital for Leigh to bridge the gap between the painting and cinematography, Mr. Turner manages to illuminate that nexus between biography and art with elegant understatement. show more

  • 100
    Peter Bradshaw The Guardian

    What a glorious film this is, richly and immediately enjoyable, hitting its satisfying stride straight away. It's funny and visually immaculate; it combines domestic intimacy with an epic sweep and has a lyrical, mysterious quality that perfumes every scene, whether tragic or comic. show more

  • 100
    Robbie Collin 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. show more

  • 100
    Dave Calhoun Time Out London

    As ever with Leigh, Mr Turner addresses the big questions with small moments. It's an extraordinary film, all at once strange, entertaining, thoughtful and exciting. show more

  • 80
    John Bleasdale CineVue

    In arguably a career-topping performance, Timothy Spall plays the cantankerous painter as a complex, grunting, snarling and utterly single-minded creature. show more

  • 91
    Eric Kohn indieWIRE

    Mr. Turner is a first-rate match of director and subject. Less an explication of the man's genius than an immersion into its essence. show more

  • 91
    Oliver Lyttelton The Playlist

    Mr Turner, though not without flaws, is something of a twilight culmination of Leigh's work, and very much one in which the filmmaker turns his lens on himself, as is so often the case when directors make movies about artists. show more

  • 75
    HitFix

    Mr. Turner's passions and neuroses feel more peculiar to Leigh and his own work. It's tempting, even, to view the film as biopic-as-self-portrait, revealing shades of one life through another. show more

  • 100
    Scott Foundas Variety

    Leigh has made another highly personal study of art, commerce and the glacial progress of establishment tastes, built around a lead performance from longtime Leigh collaborator Timothy Spall that’s as majestic as one of Turner’s own swirling sunsets. show more

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