• Mapplethorpe (2019)

Mapplethorpe

Release Date: March 1st, 2019

Not Yet Rated |1 hr 42 min

Plot Summary

A chronicle of the career of photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, from his rise to fame in the 1970s to his death in 1989 at the age of 42.

Cast: Matt Smith, Marianne Rendón, John Benjamin Hickey, Brandon Sklenar, McKinley Belcher III, Mark Moses, Carolyn McCormick, Brian Stokes Mitchell

Director: Ondi Timoner

Genres: Biography , Drama

Production Co: Interloper Films, Boston Diva Productions

Ratings & Reviews

  • 70
    David D'ArcyScreen International

    The 12-year project – commissioned by the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation – is evidence that Timoner, who made documentaries before, can craft a nuanced dramatic feature. show more

  • 60
    Dan CallahanTheWrap

    Even if budgetary restraints sometimes keep Timoner from fully capturing the time she is re-creating, nothing holds Smith back from making Mapplethorpe come alive again, in every sense. show more

  • 40
    Keith UhlichThe Hollywood Reporter

    This is, in abstract, a bold and brilliant performance, an act of possession, really, and Smith never personally steps wrong in the film’s 96 minutes. But his work, sadly, is continuously undermined by everything surrounding him, beginning with a script, written by Timoner and Mikko Alanne, that frustratingly sticks to the then-this-happened conventions of a standard biopic. show more

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