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Still Alice

HD   PG-13 Closed Captioning

Richard Glatzer & Wash Westmoreland

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About the Movie

Alice Howland (Julianne Moore), happily married with three grown children, is a renowned linguistics professor who starts to forget words. When she receives a diagnosis of Early-Onset Alzheimer's Disease, Alice and her family find their bonds thoroughly tested. Her struggle to stay connected to who she once was is frightening, heartbreaking, and inspiring. Also starring Kristen Stewart, Kate Bosworth, Alec Baldwin and Hunter Parrish.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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87%
  • Reviews Counted: 181
  • Fresh: 158
  • Rotten: 23
  • Average Rating: 7.4/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: A modest drama, but Moore's heart-wrenching and Oscar-nominated performance makes this a must-see. – Rafer Guzman, Newsday, Jan 29, 2015

Fresh: Sorrow-laden and moving, Still Alice isn't gratuitously grim nor is it easily sentimental. There's humor here -- vaguely gallows-like, perhaps but also earned. – Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post, Jan 23, 2015

Fresh: It's the intent of this moving film to capture something that for obvious reasons is rarely attempted in memoir or movie, i.e., the experience of the deadly disease from the perspective of the sufferer rather than the caregivers. – Molly Haskell, Film Comment Magazine, Feb 15, 2017

Fresh: Writer-directors Glatzer and Westmoreland have written a rich, multi-layered screenplay that works equally well as family melodrama and as a meditation on language, identity and mortality. – Geoffrey Macnab, Independent (UK), Mar 6, 2015

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Customer Reviews

Emotional and Gripping!

Amazing Story, Cast, Writing, and Cinematography. Julianne Moore gives a career defining performance, she depicted Alzheimer's so well!

Jaw dropping and breathtaking

Julianne Moore is truly a wonder in this movie. The supporting cast holds their own, though they cannot compare to the leading actress. Her performance is one that should be remembered and revered for a LONG time. Cinematography, directing, everything is beautifully done.

Engaging & Especially Powerful

Julianne Moore has brought us countless interesting and complex performances over the years, some of my favorites being her roles in “Boogie Nights” and “The Kids Are All Right” (two drastically different movies). And she keeps with her now normal amount of excellence in her latest, “Still Alice”. Managing to prove yet again the wide extent of her acting ability, she takes on this challenging character with a huge amount of dedication and finesse. Heartbreaking and fascinating to watch, she brings many levels to Alice’s extremely difficult situation.

The situation I’m talking about - as many of you know - is her being diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's disease. The film revolves around the deterioration of her memory, simultaneously showing her drive to keep her life together in every way possible. And despite what you might think, it’s a relatively slow process. Though she may receive the diagnosis in what feels like overnight, she gradually loses her mental functions over the course of a few years and can’t properly think or do much for herself.

The picture ultimately rests on Moore’s shoulders and she handles it superbly. She may have help from a talented supporting cast including Alec Baldwin and Kristen Stewart, but their characters are never the absolute focus. It doesn’t overwhelm the audience with her family members’ problems like so many other films centered around disease. It simply concentrates on Alice and her daily struggles instead of dwelling on how it affects those around her. That, above all, is one of the many reasons why I found the film so engaging. I had slight problems here and there - the biggest being with the fairly melodramatic ending - but overall I found the movie to be especially powerful. In fact, it almost brought me to tears about halfway through. When a movie can affect you that profoundly is when you know it has succeeded.