Thursday, April 18, 2024

Venice Film Festival: Raves for Damien Chazelle-Ryan Gosling Neil Armstrong Flick “First Man”


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It’s all raves for Damien Chazelle’s “First Man” at the Venice Film Festival.

The Ryan Gosling-Claire Foy starrer is getting rapturous reviews as they pour in.

So far it’s 8 fresh and 0 rotten on Rotten Tomatoes.

Owen Gleiberman in Variety: “A movie so revelatory in its realism, so gritty in its physicality, that it becomes a drama of thrillingly hellbent danger and obsession.”

David Rooney in the Hollywood Reporter: “This sober, contemplative picture has emotional involvement, visceral tension, and yes, even suspense, in addition to stunning technical craft.”

IndieWire: “A powerful experience that will inspire renewed awe of what Armstrong and his ilk did. It may not be a giant leap for filmmaking, but it’s another small step for this filmmaker.”


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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