Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Release Date: October 19th, 2018

R |1 hr 46 min

Plot Summary

Celebrity biographer Lee Israel makes her living profiling the likes of Katharine Hepburn, Tallulah Bankhead, Estee Lauder and journalist Dorothy Kilgallen. When Lee is no longer able to get published because she has fallen out of step with current tastes, she turns her art form to deception, abetted by her loyal friend Jack.

Cast: Melissa McCarthy, Richard E. Grant, Dolly Wells, Ben Falcone, Gregory Korostishevsky, Jane Curtin, Stephen Spinella, Christian Navarro

Director: Marielle Heller

Genres: Historical drama , Biography

Production Co: 20th Century Fox, Archer Gray Productions

Keywords: Friend , Fall , Quest , Amusing , Emotional , Creative , Transformation , Office , New York City

Ratings & Reviews

  • 88
    Monica CastilloRogerEbert.com

    Can You Ever Forgive Me? comes from a place of understanding and love that few other biopics truly dive into, and it makes this difficult character a joy to meet. show more

  • 80
    Stephen FarberThe Hollywood Reporter

    McCarthy’s performance, which is paired with an equally rewarding turn by British actor Richard E. Grant, anchors this bizarre, compelling true story. show more

  • 80
    Tim GriersonScreen International

    Director Marielle Heller is less interested in the machinations of Israel’s scheme as she is the psychology behind it, giving us a touchingly understated portrait of self-loathing and loneliness. show more

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