• Can You Ever Forgive Me? is a solid piece of filmmaking. It takes the life and experiences of Lee Israel to provide an engrossing, artistic, and at times entertaining cinematic experience.

    Writing/Direction: The screenplay is darkly comic and brutally honest while being surprisingly heartfelt. Lee Israel's story is well-done. The direction is completely solid. Marielle Heller is an extremely underrated director (and was SNUBBED FOR AN OSCAR. I STAND BY IT). The mix of great direction and writing is great.

    Performances: Melissa McCarthy and Richard E. Grant deliver career-best performances. The two have undeniable chemistry and disappear into their parts. You truly feel the bond between them and the magnitude of what they're doing. The rest of the cast is superb, but the two leads are fantastic.

    Can You Ever Forgive Me? is a solid cinematic experience. (8/10)