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Poor Things (18)

Poor Things (18)

★★★★✭ Expect Oscars all around again as the team behind The Favourite deliver another period drama which is one of the best - and maddest - comedies in many a year. ~


From filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos and producer Emma Stone comes the incredible tale and fantastical evolution of Bella Baxter (Emma Stone), a young woman brought back to life by the brilliant and unorthodox scientist Dr. Godwin Baxter (Willem Dafoe).

Under Baxter’s protection, Bella is eager to learn.

Hungry for the worldliness she is lacking, Bella runs off with Duncan Wedderburn (Mark Ruffalo), a slick and debauched lawyer, on a whirlwind adventure across the continents.

Free from the prejudices of her times, Bella grows steadfast in her purpose to stand for equality and liberation.


★★★★★ A funny, sad, bawdy, beautiful concoction. ~ Total Film.

★★★★★ Emma Stone’s raunchy gothic comedy is unlike anything you’ve seen in years. A young woman with an infant’s brain cuts a swathe through Europe in a madcap creation myth full of sex and substance. ~ The Telegraph.

★★★★★ Yorgos Lanthimos’s feminist Frankenstein comedy is scabrous, smart and obscenely funny. ~ Time Out.

★★★★★ There's Emma Stone slaying, Mark Ruffalo simping, Willem Dafoe burping, and countless more joys to experience. ~ Little White Lies.

★★★★★ Stone gives a hilarious, beyond-next-level performance as Bella Baxter, the experimental subject of a troubled Victorian anatomist, in Lanthimos’s toweringly bizarre comedy. ~ The Guardian.

★★★★★ Lanthimos’s films are always strange, and this is perhaps the most peculiar but also the most relatable of them all, while Emma Stone is magnificent as a sex-obsessed Victorian. ~ The i.

★★★★★ Lanthimos’ surreal twist on Frankenstein is like nothing you’ve ever seen before. Emma Stone is extraordinary as a young woman brought back to life with the mind of a toddler. ~ Irish Independent.

★★★★★ Stone gives one of the bravest and boldest performances we’ve seen in a long time. Unpredictable but completely natural, heightened but sympathetic, hilarious but heart-wrenching. Her portrayal of the quickly maturing woman is a delight to watch. ~ RTE.

★★★★★ A sly and hilarious tale of sexual adventure. The team behind The Favourite reunite in this tale of a rampantly curious 19th-century woman, played in Oscar-worthy style by Emma Stone. ~ The Times.

★★★★★ After The Favourite, this new offering will cement the director's reputation as a brilliant popular filmmaker. ~ Evening Standard.

★★★★★ No other mainstream director today is making movies this visually bold and brilliantly realised. ~ Financial Times.

★★★★★ Absolutely batshit, utterly filthy and a true original: Poor Things is as good as Yorgos Lanthimos and Emma Stone have ever been. ~ Empire.

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