Now that The Electrical Life of Louis Wain has premiered at both the Telluride Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival (where it’s getting an extra in-person screening on Wednesday!), we think we have enough reviews to make a post dedicated exclusively to them.
We’re including only the non-spoiler-y bits from each, but we’re linking them all below. Just click on the outlets’ name for the full versions, if you’re interested, but please keep in mind some have serious spoilers.
Also, we need to point out this isn’t an exhaustive list of reviews, some aren’t included because they’ don’t talk much about either Benedict’s performance or the fillmaking or do so by giving too much away.
That being said, here they are!
From Peter Debruge’s review for Variety:
Benedict Cumberbatch Is the Cat’s Whiskers
This peculiar British comedy features an adorably awkward Benedict Cumberbatch in the title role […]
The movie needn’t make the case for Wain’s greatness to justify its own telling: His story is compelling, especially in its early chapters, and Sharpe’s distinctive style shows the director no shortage of tricks up his sleeve (with more to come in a career worth watching).
From Anna Smith’s review for Deadline:
Benedict Cumberbatch, Claire Foy and a cast of cats make an irresistible combination in The Electrical Life of Louis Wain, which premiered at the Telluride Film Festival. Director Will Sharpe (Flowers) makes witty, poignant work of the story of English painter Wain, who specialized in exaggerated cartoons of wide-eyed felines from the late 1800s.