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By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Powerful Robin Williams performance in coming-out story.

Movie R 2015 88 minutes
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I wrote the movie Boulevard. I am responding to elleng1's review. No, Robin was not depressed because of the movie. Your review is cruel, pointless, and you have no real insight into why you and your sister didn't like the movie.

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Even if the movie stumbles over a few clunky plot turns, Williams' final live-action performance is a powerful one, still and deep, calling on limitless reserves of pain and longing. Dito Montiel directs, and -- typical of his work -- his rich characters and realistic atmosphere outweigh his storytelling. In some of his films, the balance tips the wrong way, but in BOULEVARD, it works. And that's mainly thanks to Williams, in his most soul-searching mode.

As Nolan's wise wife, Baker is terrific; she knows something is up based on the slightest irregularity in Nolan's routine. And Odenkirk is a breath of fresh air as a best friend who doesn't suffer foolishness gladly. Scenes with a scary pimp threatening Leo and Nolan feel hysterical and fake, and moments when Nolan frantically tries to keep his secret life under wraps are fraught with awkward coincidence. But Williams never strikes a false note, and it's a strong farewell to a great actor.

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