The Life and Death of Peter Sellers
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The Life and Death of Peter Sellers
The often-troubled life of one of the greatest comic actors in the history of the British cinema provides the basis for this biopic. Peter Sellers (Geoffrey Rush) was raised by a domineering mother (Miriam Margolyes) and meek father (Peter Vaughan), and at an early age discovered he liked to hide behind the emotional curtain of playing a character. In time, Sellers put this skill to use as an actor, and discovered he had a great gift for comedy. In the late '50s, Sellers rose to fame on the wildly popular radio series The Goon Show alongside Spike Milligan (Edward Tudor Pole) and Harry… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 76%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"We get movie scenes within movie scenes, and Rush as Sellers breaking character to become Sellers' mom or Edwards, commenting on Sellers, and it all draws too much attention to itself."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
""There was no real Peter Sellers"... As a theme, it smells of the tired cop-out, somewhere in the same clubhouse of desiccated phrases as "I love you, but I'm not in love with you" and "In a crazy world, only the mad people are sane.""
‑ Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
"flawed but buscinating tribute"
‑ Dragan Antulov, Draxblog Movie Reviews
"In a brilliant portrayal by Geoffrey Rush, we are given a glimpse of the absurd, extravagant, surreal, lonely, tragic life of a comic genius."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"Sustains interest most of the way, but combination of an unsympathetic central figure and patchy recreation of events involving numerous famous people makes for an ambitiously told life story that finally doesn't cut it."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"A very good biographical picture of a human being who made people laugh, but could never find the humor in his own life."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"A great impressionistic piece about an actor's fantasy becoming their reality. Director Hopkins really makes an exciting leap of faith."
‑ Jimmy O, Film Snobs
"If you have no knowledge of Peter Sellers' acting genius, it's difficult to engage with this artfully inventive biography."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"While In Competition entry The Life and Death of Peter Sellers is a wonderfully entertaining film, the one thing that's missing is Sellers' singular ability to be hilarious."
‑ Ray Bennett, Hollywood Reporter
"As a showcase for Geoffrey Rush, though, Life and Death is more than worthwhile."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"The best biopic you're likely to see this year won't be coming to a theater near you."
‑ Larry Carroll,
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