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Winter 1968 and showbiz legend Judy Garland arrives in Swinging London to perform a five-week sold-out run at The Talk of the Town. It is 30 years since she shot to global stardom in The Wizard of Oz, but if her voice has weakened, its dramatic intensity has only grown. As she prepares for the show, battles with management, charms musicians and reminisces with friends and adoring fans, her wit and warmth shine through. Even her dreams of love seem undimmed as she embarks on a whirlwind romance with Mickey Deans, her soon-to-be fifth husband. Featuring some of her best-known songs, the film celebrates the voice, the capacity for love, and the sheer pizzazz of "the world’s greatest entertainer."
Drama Musical - This drama focusing largely on the last months of legendary singer/actress Judy Garland is a major star showcase for star Renee Zellweger, who also does her own singing. Other familiar faces such as Rufus Sewell only have very small roles. Some language, alcohol and drug use, and adult subject matter make the film not for kids.
USA TodayFull Review Above Average (Zellweger) wows throughout the movie, especially in the most intimate moments. "Judy” the movie might not rise to her level, and it might be a little too early to start engraving golden men, but Zellweger proves as vital as ever in her most essential role.
NY PostFull Review Good One hopes Garland would have appreciated this long-overdue indictment of the permanent damage done to her as a child actor, and the gratitude for the joy she brought to so many at the personal expense of just about everything.
Slant MagazineFull Review Average Judy Finds a Paint-by-Numbers Drag Revue at the End of the Rainbow. Renée Zellweger can reach all the notes and hit all the marks, but Garland's intense emoting eludes her. ...mainly serves as a meager star vehicle for Renée Zellweger.
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