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About the Movie
An aspiring young actress (Lily Collins) and her ambitious young driver (Alden Ehrenreich) struggle hopefully with the absurd eccentricities of the wildly unpredictable billionaire (Warren Beatty), who they work for.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 153
- Fresh: 85
- Rotten: 68
- Average Rating: 5.8/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: Warren Beatty plays Howard Hughes with seductive charm, sneaky intelligence and buggy eccentricity. Sadly, Beatty as writer and director has chosen to make Hughes a supporting role, teasing a much deeper portrait..
Fresh: This is a picture Beatty has wanted to make for years, and if the movie isn't the achievement it should be, it's at least entertaining in fits and starts.
Fresh: [It's] a rousing entertainment with eye candy in abundance. Rules Don't Apply is witty and weird by turns.
Rotten: The central problem with "Rules Don't Apply," unfortunately, is the central romance. The characters don't appeal - the starlet has no particular spark, while the driver is a pushy go-getter.
A fine mess
Even though it's been edited to death, the movie finds it's footing somehow. Beatty is remarkable in the part of Hughes. The ending is great. Wish the dozen editors hadn't chopped up Ed Harris and Martin Sheen and so many scenes.
Beatty is really good
Both as a director and actor, Warren Beatty is undoubtedly a living legend. If he had only done Heaven can wait, he would be considered a brilliant artist. But he has always made brave, awkward, different choices and gone all the way with them. From Reds to Dick Tracy and now to Howard Hughes. This is a multi-dimensional way to tell the Hughes story and it never stops being entertaining and insightful. Good job Mr. B, Good Job!
Why is Betty is shadow for half the film?
I started watching this film rooting for it to suceed. I'm a big fan of all the actors in it, and Alden Erhenreich is a young actor who demands attention. But the movie seemed too contrived, too controlled, and ultimately, not satisfying.
I undertand that Betty is not a young buck any longer, but he is still very handsome, so why he shot himself in constant shadow throughout over half the film grew irritating. (I also criticized the movie "Arrival" for its lack of decent lighting--trust me, most of the film "Arrival" was shot in darkened scenes, where you could barely make out what was going on in the scenes--it was so bad I was completely distracted by it.) As with "Arrival" I was irritated at this constant hiding in the shadows.
I can only attribute Betty's desire to hide in the shadows as vanity on his part--wanting to be in the film, yet not wanting to be shot in bright light due to his age. What other explanation could there be? Regardless, Betty ultimately proved to us his ambivilance about movie making He wants to tell a story but at the same time doesn't want to tell a story. He wants to expose himself, but ultimately he doesn't want to expose himself or his story for that matter. Betty's hesitancy to share himself fully in this film is exemplified in this one simple cinematic slip-up. This could have been a highly satisfying film, but it got lost in the shadows. And the girl's character? Didn't care about her character one bit. It was all rather a waste of time.