The Death and Life of John F. Donovan

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A decade after the death of an American TV star, a young actor reminisces about the written correspondence he once shared with the former, as well as the impact those letters had on both their lives.


  • Kit Harington
  • Natalie Portman
  • Jacob Tremblay
  • Susan Sarandon
  • Kathy Bates
  • Ben Schnetzer
  • Thandie Newton
  • Jared Keeso
  • Chris Zylka
  • Amara Karan

Did You Know?


  • This is Xavier Dolan's first English-language movie.
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    • Sam Turner: You are never to write to that man again, do you understand?
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Sep 12, 2018

John F. Donovan may revisit a lot of familiar territory for Dolan but on this form it is good to welcome him home.

Allan Hunter
Screen Daily
Sep 12, 2018

Dolan has labored hard to yoke together these tricksy, time-jumping, intertwined plots, reportedly editing down a mountain of material over two years. In the process, a whole character played by Jessica Chastain was surgically removed. But however long he tinkered, Dolan has not quite salvaged a story whose default setting seems to be mirthless, ponderous navel-gazing.

Metacritic review by Stephen Dalton
Stephen Dalton
The Hollywood Reporter
Sep 12, 2018

Perhaps explanations for all these improbable scenarios were lost on the cutting-room floor during Dolan’s notoriously prolonged editing process.

Metacritic review by Kate Taylor
Kate Taylor
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)