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Poor Things

Director Yorgos Lanthimos
Country Ireland/UK/USA
Year 2023
Rating 18A (Nudity, Sexual Content)
Running Time 141
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From The Booth

Deservedly nominated for 11 Oscars (including Best Picture), Poor Things is a cinematic force to be reckoned with. Yorgos Lanthimos and Emma Stone combine to take Mary Shelley's Frankenstein story for a fantastical, funny, feminist ride featuring Ms. Stone as Bella, who with a child-like brain in a young adult body, created by Dr Godwin Baxter (Willem Dafoe), is manipulated by the snidely lawyer, Mr Wedderburn (an unforgettable Mark Ruffalo), until she eventually figures out her place in the world despite all the males trying to control her.

Filled with a non-stop parade of breathtakingly outrageous set and costume designs, surrealistic visions set in an absurdist world, with pointedly political jabs delivered by an outstanding cast, Poor Things is Most Highly Recommended. - PH

But don't just take my word for it...

"Everything in it – every frame, every image, every joke, every performance – gets a gasp of excitement." - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

"This film may be fantastical, outré, at times bizarre, and sexually frank. But ultimately, Poor Things is a traditional heroine’s journey forging its own singular path. That Bella achieves a fully embodied sense of personal liberation makes it a truly radical — and feminist — fairy tale." - Katie Walsh, Chicago Tribune

"Poor Things is the best film of Lanthimos’ career and already feels like an instant classic, mordantly funny, whimsical and wacky, unprecious and unpretentious, filled with so much to adore" - Ryan Lattanzio, IndieWire.

"A funny, sad, bawdy, beautiful concoction that will haunt and provoke in equal measure." - Jane Crowther, Total Film

"Yorgos Lanthimos’s feminist Frankenstein comedy is scabrous, smart and obscenely funny." - Phil de Semlyen, Time Out

"Stuffed with rude delights, spry wit, radical fantasy and breathtaking design elements, the movie is a feast. And Emma Stone gorges on it in a fearless performance that traces an expansive arc most actors could only dream about." - David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter

"Poor Things is like nothing else you’ve seen this year: A darkly comic satire set in a dazzlingly designed steampunk world. It plays like it’s for fun, but is built around a deep philosophical core, that is ultimately about living authentically." - Karen Gordon, Original Cin