Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Winner! Best Supporting Actor (Richard E. Grant) – New York Film Critics Circle
In CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME?, Melissa McCarthy stars as Lee Israel, the best-selling celebrity biographer (and cat lover) who made her living in the 1970’s and 80’s profiling the likes of Katharine Hepburn, Tallulah Bankhead, Estee Lauder and journalist Dorothy Kilgallen. When Lee found herself unable to get published because she had fallen out of step with the marketplace, she turned her art form to deception, abetted by her loyal friend Jack (Richard E. Grant).
USA, 2018, 107 minutes, Rated R, Directed by Marielle Heller
“****4-Stars (Highest Rating). (An) unlikely triumph…the whole movie’s terrific—a little funny, a little sad, a sharp evocation of early 1990s literary Manhattan…it’s one of my favorite pictures of the year."– Michael Phillips, CHICAGO TRIBUNE
“Quite funny and of course McCarthy is great… but she's equally effective in the darkest, most dramatic moments. It's one of the finest performances of the year.”– Richard Roeper, CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
“[McCarthy is] brilliantly paired with Grant, the salt to his sugar, and they both have a chance this year to win Oscars, or nominations at the very least.”– Peter Howell, TORONTO STAR
“[McCarthy] brings her dowdiest, most disagreeable A-game to a caustically funny, improbably affecting enterprise.”– Ann Hornaday, WASHINGTON POST
“‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’ is a breakthrough for McCarthy and a highlight of the movie year.”– Mick LaSalle, SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
“The sophisticated story co-scripted by Nicole Holofcener... merits the Oscar nomination it is likely to get for best adapted screenplay.”– Thelma Adams, AARP MOVIES FOR GROWNUPS
“Believe the Oscar buzz for Melissa McCarthy in this true story of an out-of-work author who took up forgery to pay the bills. McCarthy shows she has what it takes to tackle drama and comedy and all stops in between: the power to amaze.”– Peter Travers, ROLLING STONE