Applause 1929

Critics score:
93 / 100

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Manohla Dargis, New York Times: There's no real fight in Applause, though there is indisputably a great deal of acting. Read more

David Fear, Time Out: Zandvliet doesn't avoid the miserablist melodramatics any more than he hides his Cassavetes homages; the filmmaker knows this is a showcase for Steen to pull a Gena Rowlands, and she more than takes advantage of the opportunity. Read more

David Edelstein, New York Magazine/Vulture: As much of [Steen] as there is, you'll want more. Read more

Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times: Steen [is] in every scene of the film and crafts an intricate portrait of a woman teetering on the brink, but never toppling. Read more

Sam Adams, AV Club: Not surprisingly, the movie lives and dies on Steen's performance; not only is she in almost every frame, but at times, the camera is in so close that nothing is visible but her pitted, ravaged face. Read more

Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly: [Steen] brings a thrilling emotional nakedness and an astringent, unsentimental honesty to the part. Read more

Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times: Zandvliet and Steen create an unvarnished saga of a recovering alcoholic whose acting career makes all that teetering on the edge of one-day-at-a-time very public. It is a singular performance and a deeply affecting if imperfect film. Read more

Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger: Paprika Steen makes this particular character her own. And makes us join her adoring on-screen audience as we watch her play out -- gorgeously, horrifyingly -- her own tragic scenes. Read more

V.A. Musetto, New York Post: Director and co-writer Martin Pieter Zandvliet draws inspired work from Steen. You feel her every emotion. Read more

Andrew O'Hehir, There's nothing pretentious or overly difficult about "Applause"; it runs less than 90 minutes and features a bona fide star performance. Read more

Ryan Lattanzio, San Francisco Chronicle: "Applause" is a very minor film with a massive performance at its center. Read more

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Melissa Anderson, Village Voice: Usually an enervating process to witness onscreen, Steen's subtle calibrations of self-hatred and raging narcissism exhilarate. Read more