Can You Ever Forgive Me? 2018


Action / Biography / Comedy / Crime / Drama

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 98%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 83%
IMDb Rating 7.1


Lee Israel (Melissa McCarthy) made her living in the 1970s and '80s 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 (Richard E. Grant). An adaptation of the memoir "Can You Ever Forgive Me?" relays the true story of the best-selling celebrity biographer (and friend to cats).

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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by FrenchEddieFelson 8 / 10


I must first confess that I was pleasantly surprised by the exceptional performance of the actress Melissa McCarthy who is (was?) almost-systematically accustomed to cinematographic pieces of junk such as Life of the Party (2018), Ghostbusters (2016) or Charlie's Angels (2000). I sincerely hope that this film will mark a turning point in her career, with a before and an after.

Then, the subject is not really bankable: no superhero, no sexy actress, no Computer-Generated Imagery. In addition, the main characters are two insignificant loosers who will attract the wrath of the FBI because of their secret activity of a two-penny faker and will then be within an inch of jail. Of course, with such a script, the movie will probably not be a hit at the world box-office.

Nevertheless, the movie is delightfully excellent and describes with subtlety and sensitivity an ineluctable descent into the abyss. Lee Israel (Melissa McCarthy) was a writer with some success. One of her books was even mentioned in the New York Times best sellers. But, success is now part of the past and she regularly has huge difficulties in paying her rent. By chance, in an old book of a public library, she discovers a real typed letter from a well-known female writer. Begins then an improvised career of a scammer with false letters from real personalities that she skillfully engineers within her shabby apartment.

As a synthesis, Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) is excellent! 8/9 of 10

Reviewed by leanne-97 9 / 10

A beautiful, nuanced film about loneliness, friendship and finding meaning in art.

This is a wonderful film with a fabulous, flawed heroine. At the same time funny, moving and insightful Melissa McCarthy gives a career defining performance in the lead role and Richard E. Grant is both hilarious and tragic in support. The fact that Marielle Heller and the film itself were not nominated for Oscars is a travesty...without question one of the best films of the year.

Reviewed by Lionesse20 8 / 10

Thoughtful work from a comic actress

After the abysmal Ghostbusters remake and the endlessly panned Happytime Murders, true fans of McCarthy will be glad to see her redemption in this dramatic turn. McCarthy really shines in her role as author Lee Israel and effortlessly portrays the loneliness and insecurity of her character. Her rapport with Grant (and even with the cat) is wonderful, and the writing is clever. This was a surprising and delightful highlight at Telluride this year.

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