• Mr. Turner (2014)

Mr. Turner

Release Date: December 19th, 2014

R |2 hr 29 min

Plot Summary

Eccentric British painter J.M.W. Turner (Timothy Spall) lives his last 25 years with gusto and secretly becomes involved with a seaside landlady, while his faithful housekeeper (Dorothy Atkinson) bears an unrequited love for him.

Cast: Timothy Spall, Dorothy Atkinson, Marion Bailey, Paul Jesson, Lesley Manville, Martin Savage, Joshua McGuire, Ruth Sheen

Director: Mike Leigh

Genres: Biography , Historical drama

Production Co: France 3 Cinéma, Focus Features International, Film 4

Keywords: Transformation, Emotional

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Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Leslie FelperinThe 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
    Bill ZweckerChicago Sun-Times

    Mr. Turner is far more than merely an explosion of color and toned nuance for the eye. The real reason to make this a must-see of this holiday season is to wallow in the Oscar-worthy acting talent of Leigh’s veteran player Timothy Spall. show more

  • 100
    Bob MondelloNPR

    Turner's painting of the scene, The Fighting Temeraire will, in fact, become his masterpiece. As Mr. Turner is Mike Leigh's — a growling, snuffling, earthy work of art, every frame worthy of framing. show more

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Awards

Nominated Production Design
Nominated Costume Design
Nominated Music (Original Score)
Nominated Make Up and Hair
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2015)
Nominated Cinematography
Nominated Production Design
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2015)
Nominated Cinematography
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2015)
Nominated Costume Design
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2015)