Where'd You Go, Bernadette

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  • Where'd You Go, Bernadette offers dispiriting proof that a talented director, bestselling source material, and terrific cast can add up to far less than the sum of their parts.
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    Richard BrodyNew Yorker
    As Bernadette, Cate Blanchett is forced to do the work that Linklater doesn't devote to developing the story or characters.
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    Josephine LivingstoneThe New Republic
    The script is an insult to the principle of adaptation: All that is good in the plot has been excised in favor of the shortest route to a happy ending.
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    David SimsThe Atlantic
    Where'd You Go, Bernadette feels like it could have been a great film; the final result is not that, but it's at least a distinctive mess.
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    David EdelsteinNew York Magazine/Vulture
    [Linklater] can't find a suitable form for Maria Semple's patchwork best seller...
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    Oliver JonesObserver
    As troublesome and overstuffed as Blanchett's performance might be, it's also one of the few interesting things going on in this troublesome and overstuffed misfire of a book adaptation.
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    Justin ChangNPR
    Notably, this is the first Linklater movie to feature a solo female lead, and Bernadette instantly emerges as one of the most vibrant and complex characters in the director's filmography.
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    Frank J. AvellaEdge Media Network
    Linklater is a filmmaker who continues to grow and make distinct and singular features that are often sublime, like Bernadette, an absolute triumph of a film about artists and the way they're treated (and mistreated by most of society).
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    Juan MontónEl antepenúltimo mohicano
    Yet another example of [Richard Linklater's] versatility. [Full review in Spanish]
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    Patrick McDonaldHollywoodChicago.com
    The combination of the powerful story and Cate Blanchett's finely-tuned acting made Bernadette sing.
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    Neal PollackBook & Film Globe
    [Richard] Linklater is trying to rook us all into believing this is a universally heartwarming scenario. The unfathomably wealthy can be heroes, he says. That is, until the peasants sack the White Palace that Bernadette designed.
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