The Danish Girl

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The Danish Girl serves as another showcase for Eddie Redmayne's talent -- and poignantly explores thought-provoking themes with a beautifully filmed biopic drama.

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With support from his loving wife Gerda (Alicia Vikander), artist Einar Wegener (Eddie Redmayne) prepares to undergo one of the first sex-change operations.

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  • Eddie Redmayne makes another astounding transformation in The Danish Girl, after his Oscar-winning turn as Stephen Hawking.

    January 1, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Kate Muir

    Times (UK)
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  • The Danish Girl has charm, but not quite passion.

    December 31, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Redmayne and Vikander, along with the film's dusky flourishes, allow The Danish Girl to reach beyond the awards it was designed to win.

    December 29, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Only Vikander's performance elevates it above its pretty surface. Her Gerda tells us a story of a woman desperately in love with a man who's vanished, but whose eyes still gaze at her.

    December 17, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • "The Danish Girl" is beautifully shot and tastefully made and acted, but only Vikander seems willing to take chances. Happily, she does.

    December 17, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Only when the camera is on Vikander does the film transcend its artifice. In one of the year's best performances, she imbues Gerda with such poignancy and grace that Redmayne all but fades into the background.

    December 17, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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  • Dec 27, 2018
    I really didn’t like this. Good acting, but it just made me angry. Lili seemed like a very selfish person, while Gerda was extremely patient and selfless.
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  • Dec 01, 2016
    I enjoyed 'The Danish Girl' - the wife's acceptance of her husband's search for his identity and truth was heartwarming, the acting from Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander was great, and I really liked the cinematography as well - there were so many great shots. I wasn't familiar with Elbe or Wegener's paintings, but enjoyed looking them up, and found something profoundly appropriate to Elbe's own story in the trees she painted before giving up her art.
    Antonius B Super Reviewer
  • Jul 23, 2016
    Lili Elbe becomes the first transgender person to undergo sex reassignment surgery, which shakes her marriage to Gerda Wegener. Despite the many talents of Eddie Redmayne, fresh off his Oscar win as Stephen Hawking, Alicia Vikander is the reason to watch this film. She gives a nuanced, remarkable performance, alternately loving Einar unconditionally, then realizing that conditions are a part of life and love. The rest of the plot doesn't do a lot. Most of the plot events are predictable and aren't all that incredibly rendered. Overall, Alicia Vikander won Best Supporting Actress, but she's really a co-protagonist, carrying this film from beginning to end.
    Jim H Super Reviewer
  • Jun 02, 2016
    The Danish Girl succeeds at being a well-made bio pic with a heart, but its hard to shake the feeling that Lili is more a vessel used to display the first transgender rather than a fully fleshed out human. Alicia Vikanker's performance is more lived in and thus resonates more. This detracts from the impact of the shiny film. Tom Hooper has mastered elegant period films, but here the film could've benefited by being a bit unsafe. Nothing that happens in The Danish Girl is unpredictable. The film takes a very safe and by the course approach which produces solid but unremarkable results. Rating: 62
    Bradley J Super Reviewer

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