Francois Duhamel
Chris Nashawaty
June 03, 2015 AT 09:07 PM EDT

Love & Mercy

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
120 minutes
Wide Release Date
06/05/15
performer
Elizabeth Banks, John Cusack, Paul Dano, Paul Giamatti
director
Bill Pohlad
genre
Biography, Drama, Music

We gave it a C-

Director Bill Pohlad’s schizophrenic biopic of the Beach Boys’ troubled genius, Brian Wilson, is two movies in one. Unfortunately, only one of them works. Paul Dano summons Wilson’s inner angels and demons as the musician in the ’60s, when a burst of otherworldly inspiration led to his kaleidoscopic masterpiece, Pet Sounds. Too bad the story keeps lurching to the ’80s, where Wilson’s played by John Cusack as a basket case/drug casualty being swindled by a controlling charlatan (Paul Giamatti). Cusack’s scenes are so inert and his performance is so mannered, God only knows what he was thinking. C–

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