Domhnall Gleeson and Margot Robbie star in the biopic of the Winnie the Pooh creator AA Milne. But what have critics had to say about it?
The Guardian: * “the film feels the need to approach his great creation in the appropriate mood of joyless anaemic solemnity, a mood that intensifies as the second world war approaches.”
BBC.com: *** “A wolf in teddy-bear’s clothing, it’s soft and fuzzy on the outside, but its anti-celebrity message has sharp, cutting teeth.”
Empire: **** “while real-life events appear condensed, or slightly moved in the timeline to better fit the film’s narrative, the essence is the same.”
Variety: ” the film seems fixated on the irony that the boy every kid in Britain wanted to be was quite unhappy in his own skin, which as handled, isn’t just eye-opening, but tear-duct-cleansing as well.”
Mirror.co.uk: **** “the film is a hymn to the stunning rural beauty of England. There are lovely touches of magical realism such as we saw in the recent adaptation of Paddington, which has a similar charm.”
The Telegraph: **** “Director Simon Curtis (My Week With Marilyn) and screenwriter Frank Cotrell-Boyce (24 Hour Party People) don’t pull their punches, except perhaps in the film’s end credits postscript; nobody here lived happily ever after. ”
The Metro: **** “Goodbye Christopher Robin will make you cry – and it may just ruin your childhood forever.”
The Scotsman:** “attempts to explore how joy can be mined from misery, but fails to find a satisfyingly cinematic way to do so.”
The Wrap: “No one’s going to accuse “Goodbye Christopher Robin” of subtlety or of rewriting the biopic rules, but it does dare to go darker than most films like it.”
The Upcoming: *** “Goodbye Christopher Robin is a heartwarming drama that balances nicely between the harsh realities of post-war Britain and the escapism of rural utopian forests and speaking animals.”
Goodbye Christopher Robin is released in UK cinemas on the 29th September.