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Stage Beauty (2004) An odd amalgam of high spirits, lively ambition, and botched execution. It's the 1660s, when women aren't allowed to appear on stage and audiences line… 2004-10-08 R PT105M Comedy Billy Crudup Claire Danes Tom Wilkinson Ben Chaplin Rupert Everett Lions Gate Films
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Stage Beauty (2004)

MPAA Rating: R

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EW's GRADE
C+

Details Limited Release: Oct 08, 2004; Rated: R; Length: 105 Minutes; Genre: Comedy; With: Billy Crudup, Claire Danes and Tom Wilkinson; Distributor: Lions Gate Films

An odd amalgam of high spirits, lively ambition, and botched execution. It's the 1660s, when women aren't allowed to appear on stage and audiences line up to see Edward Kynaston (Billy Crudup) play Desdemona. The movie tends to drag the moment it's out of drag.

Originally posted Oct 22, 2004 Published in issue #789 Oct 22, 2004 Order article reprints