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Love & Mercy

  • Starring: Elizabeth Banks, John Cusack, Paul Dano, Paul Giamatti
  • Director: Bill Pohlad and William Pohlad
  • Genre(s): Biography, Drama, Music
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Running Time: 120 min.

A chronicle of reclusive Beach Boys songwriter and musician Brian Wilson’s life, from his successes with highly-influential orchestral pop albums to his nervous breakdown and subsequent encounter with controversial therapist Dr. Eugene Landy.

"It's the best musical biopic in decades."
- Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"A wonderfully innervating cure for the common musical biopic, Bill Pohlad’s Love & Mercy vibrantly illuminates two major breakthroughs — one artistic, one personal — in the life of the Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson."
- Andrew Barker, Variety
"Love & Mercy captures with striking immediacy the unbound power of the artist in his element."
- Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"It’s difficult to make a visually dynamic movie about people listening. But that’s precisely what Pohlad has done with both sensitivity and audaciousness, on the one hand attuning his protagonist to the music of the spheres, and on the other bearing witness to his deepest isolation and sadness."
- Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"In essence, we get to study Brian's break with sanity and his eventual healing, but by keeping the focus tight on these two moments, the film becomes emotionally exhilarating."
- Drew McWeeny, Hitfix
"The beauty, and the horror, of Bill Pohlad's exhilarating and inventive Love & the sense it gives us of the world passing through Brian Wilson's ears."
- Stephanie Zacharek, Village Voice
"Love & Mercy isn't a standard celebration nor a traditional music biopic. Instead, it's a survival story."
- Kevin Jagernauth, The Playlist
"A deeply satisfying pop biopic whose subject's bifurcated creative life lends itself to an unconventional structure."
- John DeFore, The Hollywood Reporter
"It's a remarkable movie, the first of 2015 that I can't wait to see and hear again. "
- Steve Persall, Tampa Bay Times