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905 Ratings

Mr. Turner

Directed by Mike Leigh
United Kingdom, 2014
Drama, Biography


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

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Mr. Turner Directed by Mike Leigh

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

2014 | 2 wins including: Best Actor

Academy Awards

2015 | 4 nominations including: Best Achievement in Cinematography

Village Voice Film Poll

2014 | Nominee: Best Actor

Indiewire Critics' Poll

2014 | 2nd place: Best Cinematography

2014 | Nominee: Best Lead Actor

The film essentially asks the age-old question of how an artist can be so sensitive to the beauty of nature while also being so insensitive to the people around him. While it’s not likely that Leigh “identifies” with Turner in the manner of, say, Hayao Miyazaki and the artist-protagonist of THE WIND RISES, this is clearly a deeply felt work through which the filmmaker does convey personal feelings.
April 24, 2015
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Filmmaker Mike Leigh’s biography of the landscape painter J.M.W. Turner is what critics call “austere”—which means it’s slow and grim and deliberately hard to love—yet it’s fascinating, and the performances and photography are outstanding.
December 19, 2014
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While Leigh’s working methods doubtlessly foster an environment in which the actor can thrive, Spall is the one who works up the internal storm: Rarely has an actor been so persuasive at simply showing a person stopped short and being overtaken with feeling, again and again, a pure openness to someone or something or some moment that is what allowed him to create what he did.
December 17, 2014
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