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A look at the life of photographer Robert Mapplethorpe from his rise to fame in the 1970s to his untimely death in 1989.


  • Hari Nef
  • Matt Smith
  • Brian Stokes Mitchell
  • McKinley Belcher III
  • Mark Moses
  • John Benjamin Hickey
  • Carolyn McCormick
  • Karan Oberoi
  • Mickey O'Hagan
  • Kerry Butler

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Apr 27, 2018

The 12-year project – commissioned by the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation – is evidence that Timoner, who made documentaries before, can craft a nuanced dramatic feature.

Metacritic review by David D'Arcy
David D'Arcy
Screen International
Apr 27, 2018

This is, in abstract, a bold and brilliant performance, an act of possession, really, and Smith never personally steps wrong in the film’s 96 minutes. But his work, sadly, is continuously undermined by everything surrounding him, beginning with a script, written by Timoner and Mikko Alanne, that frustratingly sticks to the then-this-happened conventions of a standard biopic.

Metacritic review by Keith Uhlich
Keith Uhlich
The Hollywood Reporter
Apr 27, 2018

Even if budgetary restraints sometimes keep Timoner from fully capturing the time she is re-creating, nothing holds Smith back from making Mapplethorpe come alive again, in every sense.

Metacritic review by Dan Callahan
Dan Callahan