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Hemingway & Gellhorn

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Acclaimed writers don't ring true in mature HBO biopic.

Movie NR 2013 155 minutes
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HEMINGWAY & GELLHORN is about two famous writers who lived big, exciting lives during important times, but the movie doesn't feel true to life. The Hemingway here is a character, larger than life at all times, even when it's just him and the woman for whom he's falling. He's never small, never off. Owen makes him seem adventurous and fun, but he doesn't seem real. Gellhorn, who serves as the narrator, is the secondary character here, and it sometimes seems like her job in this story is to explain what's happening to Hemingway, who she eventually married. She's there, but she's not the star of her own life.

Part of the problem is the script, which is packed with lines that look great on a page but sound terrible coming from an actor. We get it -- they were great writers -- but they probably didn't speak the same way they wrote. And of course, Hemingway gets the best lines.

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