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Set Fire to the Stars

Drama . Biography

An aspiring poet in 1950s New York has his ordered world shaken when he embarks on a week-long retreat to save his hell raising hero, Dylan Thomas.

Actors: Elijah Wood , Celyn Jones , Kelly Reilly , Steven Mackintosh , Shirley Henderson , Kevin Eldon
Directors: Andy Goddard
Country: UK
Release: 2015-06-12
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  • Gary Goldstein

    Gorgeous, evocative and well performed.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    The result is wintry and melancholy, “A Child’s Christmas in Wales” or “Do Not Go Gentle Into that Good Night” in tone. And because of that, it’s a trifle duller than the man himself surely must have been.

    Movie Nation Full Review
  • Chuck Bowen

    At least it doesn't make the biopic mistake of attempting to check off every moment of a man's life over the course of a few hours' worth of running time.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Odie Henderson

    As tedious as Set Fire to the Stars gets, it remains watchable courtesy of the stunning black and white cinematography by Chris Seager. Full Review
  • Guy Lodge

    Its appreciation of Thomas’ work remains superficial, while the polished filmmaking never quite finds its own poetry.

    Variety Full Review
  • Neil Young

    A steady, austere treatment of a notoriously and riotously rambunctious subject, Set Fire to the Stars takes a non-incendiary, safe-hands approach to potentially combustible material.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Stephen Holden

    Set Fire to the Stars barely skims the surface of characters you wish had been given more dimension, but as a snapshot of postwar academia and its pretensions, it exerts a creepy fascination.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Ken Guidry

    It’s a nice enough, pleasant enough film with a couple solid performances. But when you’re making a movie about a man as unique, profound, and complex as Dylan Thomas, and you have nothing to say about him, you don’t have much of a movie.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Sara Stewart

    Andy Goddard’s feature debut is shot stylishly in black and white, but deals in themes that feel equally retro.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Rex Reed

    A harrowing but tedious chronicle of Welsh poet Dylan Thomas’ time in America in the 1950s.

    New York Observer Full Review
  • Jen Chaney

    Visually striking, meticulously rendered, a tiny bit pretentious, and emotionally inscrutable.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • Joe Neumaier

    High art swings sort of low in this watchable but thematically repetitive drama.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Alan Scherstuhl

    An energetic, well-acted, handsomely mounted b&w literary tell-all whose script would be laughed out of the room by its famous subjects.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Ignatiy Vishnevetsky

    An exercise in tasteful pointlessness, shot in flat black and white and scored (by Gruff Rhys, of all people) with tinkling piano and sawing strings that evoke nothing so much as an aura of cut-rate class.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
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