The Electrical Life of Louis Wain

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Synopsis

English artist Louis Wain rises to prominence at the end of the 19th century for his surreal cat paintings.

Cast

  • Sophia Di Martino
  • Benedict Cumberbatch
  • Claire Foy
  • Andrea Riseborough
  • Toby Jones
  • Jamie Demetriou
  • Stacy Martin
  • Kiki May
  • Asim Chaudhry

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Phenomenal film. We need more films about cats

RM
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Metacritic

60
Jan 3, 2022

Too often The Electrical Life Of Louis Wain favours eccentricity over actual insight. But even when the tones jar, Cumberbatch’s vulnerable, layered performance always rings true.

Metacritic review by Amon Warmann
Amon Warmann
Empire
90
Oct 28, 2021

With its exuberant images (cats, oodles of cats), quaint Victorian settings, damask palette, odd camera angles and old-fashioned screen proportions, The Electrical Life of Louis Wain might have been too clever by more than half, except for its startling tenderness and depth of feeling, and the brilliance of its starring performances by Benedict Cumberbatch and Claire Foy.

Metacritic review by Joe Morgenstern
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
40
Oct 21, 2021

Tottering unsteadily between mining Wain’s vast repertoire of eccentricities for comedy and slathering them in pathos, the movie winds up so busily whimsical it forgets to actually be about anything. If you don’t know who Louis Wain was before you see it, you’ll only be fractionally more illuminated, and possibly a good deal more irritated, after.

Metacritic review by Jessica Kiang
Jessica Kiang
Los Angeles Times